Final bidding underway on bicycle art sculptures
The Fairfield Art Association’s summer art installation of “Wheels Gears & Pedals” is coming to a close, with final bidding ending on the bicycle sculptures at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Bid sheets are placed in the gallery lobby area of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center for making bids to purchase the individual pieces.
Artists will receive 50 percent of the final selling price and the art association will receive the other 50 percent.
Interested bidders should check the minimum bid required. Pictures and descriptions of each sculpture are provided there, and all instructions for the auction process. Arrangements for removal/takedown can be individually made with the art association.
During RAGBRAI’s overnight stay July 26, six pieces were sold, with two going to Michigan and one shipped to Texas.
The artworks remaining on display and still available for purchase include: Kathy Tollenaere’s “Mrs. Mantis preys before each meal”; Fairfield Beautification Commission’s “Pedals of a Different Kind”; Lou Bolster’s “1940’s Radio Show” for the Fairfield Area Community Theater; Fairfield High School student Fallyn Garrison’s “Untitled”; Joe Sanner’s “Stag”; Josie Hannes and family’s “Poppa Wheelie”’ Lindsay Betts’s “Umbrella in the Rain”; and Jessica Betts’s “Bird in a Cage.”
Creating the downtown art pieces was a bit more challenging this year — being mechanical and requiring welding or special construction methods that a lot of artists do not normally use. The works are predominately made out of bicycle parts, hardware, wood, paint, recycled materials and a lot of imagination.
All entries are posted on the Fairfield Art Association website www.fairfieldartassociation.org
This year’s project is sponsored in part by the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau. Area artists are invited to participate each year around a new theme. Ideas are already being discussed for 2014 and interested artists can contact the art association throughout the year.