When the Bike Art exhibit debuted last year at Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts, it was an instant hit — not surprising for the cycling-happy town nested beneath the Flatirons. But Dairy Center gallery curator Mary Horrocks says it wasn't just Boulder that appreciated the bike-inspired mega-show. "Here in Colorado, we love bicycles, and it's a wonderful environment for professional athletes, particularly up and down the Front Range," she notes. "Last year, people came to view this show who don’t usually frequent art exhibits, which is a wonderful thing."
This year's show includes works in just about every art medium there is, coming from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii (though the largest percentage of work in the national show is by artists working in Colorado). Not all pieces in Bike Art even resemble bikes or portray bike events, either: Many incorporate bike parts instead. "Two kinetic sculptures we're installing outdoors utilize bicycle bearings," Horrocks says. "They're not overtly bicycle-like, but the bicycle parts are important to the mechanism. All of the art in this show is very interesting — we have chandeliers made from bicycle parts, and there's one man who constructs tables and chairs using bike gears embedded in glass."
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The whole bike-centric exhibit, timed in conjunction with this coming January's National Cyclo-Cross Championships, opens to the public with a pair of receptions from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Dairy, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. Special programming, including film screenings and a staging of the musical comedy The Bicycle Man, will accompany the show, which runs through January 17. For details, go to thedairy.org or call 303-440-7826.
Dec. 5-Jan. 17; Dec. 5-6, 4-6:30 p.m., 2013