4th annual BICAS art mart features 'emerging & experienced artsts'

Nineteen local artists will be part of the Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage’s spring art market on Sunday. The market will take place at the BICAS parking lot at 2001 N. 7th Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BICAS — a bicycle recycling and education center — is a a hub for all things bicycle. The nonprofit provides services such as workshops and programs for the bicycle enthusiasts of all ages BICAS is also home to a gallery featuring art pieces made from recycled bike parts.

“The art markets started in 2021 as response to the events were canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic,” said. BICAS art director Tony Zepeda. “This event is special because it is one of the events in the year where we welcome any art style.”

The mart is the fourth spring market  — a free, family-friendly event where the community can support local artists’ work and BICAS. There will be a food truck, La Cocina de Amelia y Hugo, on site with Mexican food for sale. The local art vendors include HazyHonor, Stellarator, Mi Casita Press, WOMPS, Cece’s Prints and more.

“We try to keep it accessible for the community and we keep a sliding-scale fee for the artists,” Zepeda said. “We also have a range emerging artists tabling to experienced artists coming through who regularly table in Tucson. So it’s a very diverse crowd.”

Aside from the tabling vendors, there will be a raffle and a prize wheel that people can participate in for a chance to win BICAS bike-themed art pieces or items such as coupons for art or merchandise. The BICAS art pieces on site will be discounted during the event and there will be new BICAS apparel for sale made for the art mart.

“The BICAS apparel is limited edition. We rarely print similar designs so it’s a kind of a ‘get them while they’re here kind of thing,'” Zepeda said.