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Headline: Art bikes heighten recycling, cycling awareness

Kimberly Nicoletti

FRISCO – Turn your old bicycle into a touring work of art.

The art shack, in Frisco, is looking for at least 50 donations of old, functional bikes that local artists can turn into a moving, artistic statement.

Once transformed, the bikes will be used for a fund-raising ride and auction Aug. 10 in Breckenridge. Anyone interested in participating in the fun ride/criterium may gather pledges for the laps or miles ridden on the art bikes. The auction will include a slide presentation detailing the artistic metamorphosis of the bikes, followed by silent and live auctions. Proceeds will go to the Chris Ethridge Memorial Fund, to fund a piece of public art in Breckenridge, and to the Summit Recycling Project.

“Our goal is to raise funds,” artist Brian Howard said. “Outside of that, we’re using the bike as a medium for people to gain a new appreciation for art. It’s just to heighten people’s awareness of what’s possible for the community and to support recycling and cycling.”

Event coordinators Andrew Held and Howard said they hope to raise community awareness regarding art, alternative transportation and recycling by “creat(ing) something that may remind people that the solutions to problems start with taking a new approach to an old idea, and finding a link to the future.”

The idea sprung out of a lifelong passion for bikes, an appreciation of art and living in Summit County for 10 years, Howard said.

“The bike makes art accessible to people who generally believe art is beyond their grasp,” he said.

So far, Frisco artists from the art shack, Chanisarium Designs, Red Crayon Studio, Studio 305 and House of Signs, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, have committed to creating the moving art. The conversion of bikes into art is open to everyone, including mechanics or cycling enthusiasts who want to add their unique flair to pedal-driven vehicles.

“The bikes are going to range from some painting the frame or whole bike to a kinetic sculpture,” Howard said. “I could see unicycles, tricycles, quadcycles.”

Great Adventure Sports, the Summit Recycling Project, Tough Guy Productions and Ninety-Soul Productions will contribute to the art bike day.

The art shack still needs volunteers for administration, advertising, fund raising, bicycle disassemblies and reassemblies, bicycle storage, distribution and ride and auction coordination.

So far, the art shack has collected about 20 bikes.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

More Information:

To volunteer or donate a bicycle for art bike, call (970) 668-4740 or drop it off at the art shack, 311 Main St., Frisco.

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