For the bike and art and beer lovers in town— and there’s definitely a few, BICAS
’ annual art auction will fill the Drawing Studio this year with art, raffles, live music, puppet shows, circus acts, and more. The two-day event will feature over 200 one-of-a-kind pieces of art up for bidding in Saturday’s silent auction.
While the opportunity to snag a unique piece of bicycle-themed (either in material or content) art made by BICAS staffers, volunteers, or other community members is a solid one. BICAS volunteer Troy Neiman explains that this year will also feature a special Dragoon brew made for BICAS.
The BICAS Brown will be available at the auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the bike organization. If you don’t get a pint at the event, though, Tap and Bottle, Dragoon, Diablo Burger, and more will be offering the beer with about $1 of each pint going back to BICAS.
Neiman says the event will kick off with a preview party featuring live music from bands like Golden Boots and a raffle with prizes like a $500 wine tasting from Total Wine, tattoo sessions, powder coating, and gear from REI. Raffle tickets are one for $4 or three for $10.
For the past few years, Neiman estimates the event has brought in an annual sum of $20,000 for their organization. He expects this year to raise about the same amount, though he thinks moving the event to downtown might result in higher attendance overall.
“This event helps us cover expenses at the end of every year,” Neiman explains. “It pulls us back into that break even zone.”
Neiman says the group has been fundraising a lot more this year for a few reasons. First of all, it’s BICAS’ 25th year in operation, which means it’s a good time to throw a bunch of parties. But, more importantly, Neiman says the group is trying to raise money to buy a permanent space.
Although the group currently operates out of a government owned building located at 44 West 6th Street, he says the looming threat of that building being torn down as a part of the Downtown Links Project is causing them to start seriously planning on finding a new home. Since BICAS is able to cover normal operating costs for the most part without grants or much fundraising via community support, he says the added fundraising this year has gone almost solely to the new building fund.
You can support BICAS’ push to get a permanent home by heading to their 19th annual art auction at Drawing Studio located at 33 South 6th Avenue. The Preview Night runs from 6 until 10 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and the auction follows and Saturday, December 6 with early bidding from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the silent auction running from 6 until 9 p.m.