Call to artists: Bicycle art wanted for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California |

Call to artists: Bicycle art wanted for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; A call to all local artists has gone out from the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) and North Tahoe Arts (NTA) to create an unforgettable bicycle installation for the upcoming Amgen Tour of California bicycle event this May! The Tour of California lakewide celebration will commence May 5 and last until May 16.

The NLTHS and NTA are teaming up to present extraordinary art created from ordinary bicycles. These pieces will be exhibited at multiple sites including the Watson Cabin and Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museums in Tahoe City, and a mobile exhibit on May 5 in Tahoe City and May 15 at the Amgen Village at Northstar. Additional installations will appear in locations on the West and North shores of Lake Tahoe from Homewood to Kings Beach.

Artists are invited to create art pieces from a bicycle supplied, using some or all of it and altering it in any way they see fit. The more and#8220;outside the boxand#8221; the better and#8212; keeping in mind the all-ages audience of the more than 30,000 anticipated visitors. Media coverage of this event will be heavy locally, nationally and internationally. Art installations will likely attract media coverage.

Artists must register in advance. Artists of all ages are eligible. Registration opens March 23 and closes March 30. Bicycles will be available for pick up starting March 28. Art may be submitted starting April 13. All art must be submitted by April 29. Artwork must be original, and produced solely by the artist. The specific placement of pieces will be determined by a selection committee comprised of both North Tahoe Arts and North Lake Tahoe Historical Society representatives.

To register, look for the Saddle Time Bicycle Art registration form at

Submit your application to or mail it to North Tahoe Arts, P.O. Box 6354, Tahoe City, CA 96161.

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North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, preserves and presents regional history through engaging and educational programming and exhibits at the Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum, Steinbach Indian Basket Museum and the Watson Cabin Museum. The NLTHS vision is to operate a community center where interactive exhibits and innovative educational programs promote ongoing research, discussion and interest in the preservation and interpretation of North Lake Tahoe History and its context within the American West.

North Tahoe Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the arts in the Truckee-Tahoe communities through exposure, education, and participation. They seek to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike by providing quality classes, hosting exhibits that showcase local talent, and offering a variety of art experiences for children.

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