Saddle Time: The Amgen Tour of California spawned a public art exhibition from Tahoe City to Kings Beach! |

Saddle Time: The Amgen Tour of California spawned a public art exhibition from Tahoe City to Kings Beach!

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TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, as part of their Saddle Time bicycle exhibit, is working with the North Tahoe Business Association and North Tahoe Arts for this unprecedented effort. The NLTHS distributed more than 25 bicycles (from the Kiwanis Bike Project in Sparks, Nev.) to 16 artists and artist groups. The artists have transformed these bicyclesand#8211;altering them any way they see fit, the more and#8220;outside the boxand#8221; the better and#8212; into art pieces. The art is going up this week and will be up during the Amgen event but will come down soon thereafter. Most, but not all, pieces are for sale.

The art pieces range from the whimsical, such as the Tahoe Bugger Bike, to the Windy Wheel, to an enormous sculpture that shoots fire. Everyone is encouraged to take the site tour! The week of Amgen, sites will be demarcated by strings of blue and yellow flags, the Amgen Tour of California colors.

The installation sites include: Gatekeeper’s Museum, Watson Cabin, North Tahoe Arts Center, Dam Cafe, Alpenglow Sports, Poppy’s Yogurt, Evergreen Restaurant, Tahoe Dave’s, Boatworks Mall, Plumas Bank (both Tahoe City and Kings Beach), Blue Onion Cafe, The Grid, Shore House, North Tahoe Event Center, Rockwood Tree Service, and Ryan Design.

Artists include: Fred Besch, Dustin Crawford, Christine Donovan, Matt Farris, Karin Johnson, Mary Landis and Tim Lauder, Janet Martin, Jacob Morrison, Karl Moody, Robb Olson, Damian Plumb, Steve Richter, Naomi Wager, Neil Wangsgard, Robert Wright, Monika Bock’s class from Tahoe Lake School and Peggy Heidelberger-Smith’s art class from North Tahoe High School.

The NLTHS Saddle Time exhibit also includes exhibits at the Watson Cabin, including historic bikes and wheels from different types of cycling enjoyed in the area, including the elusive ice bicycling wheel! The Watson Cabin will be open Amgen weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, May 15, race day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. You can pick up your Amgenwear at the Watson Cabin as well!

For more information, contact the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society at 530-583-1762, or North Tahoe Arts at 530-581-2787 or

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