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10 artists to look for at Bike Town USA’s CycleArt event

Combine aesthetics with cycling passions, and a myriad of art results. And it will all be on display at the Steamboat CycleArt event that will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center.

As part of Bike Town USA's Bike Week events, the auction features a diverse array of locally produced bike-inspired art, live music, craft beer from Butcherknife Brewing Co. and food from Harwigs.

The Fund-a-Need portion of the evening will benefit the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Alpine Bank, sponsor of the event, will match the first $1,000 of donations to the fund by auction contributors at CycleArt.

"I think a lot of cyclists have an interest in art," said Amy Stern, Bike Town USA director. "This event is an opportunity to bring the community to celebrate cycling and all that it brings to Steamboat."

Before you go, here are 10 artists to be on the lookout for:

David Dietrich –  "River Road Peloton"

Image of Pro Challenge peloton racing down River Road in Steamboat – captures the speed and color of racing against the iconic backdrop of Steamboat.

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"I have always been in love with this barn and had a vision to try to capture the pro racers as they passed by it. I went several times to scope out my spot, and on race day, I got there early and set up my camera. As the peloton passed, I had exactly 10 seconds to rattle off several shots. This one was my favorite of the bunch."

Sandy Graves – "Old Red"

Sculpture

While not a bike image, the artist is an avid cyclist, and this piece is a nod to the multi-use nature of our local trails.

George Fargo  – "Red Racer"

Original photo of a downhill mountain bike race on Mount Werner.

"I love photographing people, especially in action, competing. Photographs tend to be frozen moments in time so I am inspired to enhance my images to give the look and feel of what was really happening in front of me."

Michelle Ideus – "Good Old Days" and "Mainstreet Deli Bike"

Two enhanced, wrapped giclee prints on canvas

"These two bike art giclee prints were inspired by my interest in photographing all things ‘bike’ in Steamboat.  I’ve been on a mission to capture cool bikes in cool places in Steamboat.  My goal is to happen upon the moment- be surprised by what I might find as I go about my daily life in Steamboat.  I shoot many different angles of a bike in a background that I find appealing."

Laurie Milne

Hand-hooked decorative pillow

"The inspiration on this pillow came from a few friends who love biking. I just drew the layout, three’s work best. They absolutely love baskets with flowers so it made sense for that to be added to the design and the balloons were added to fill the space."

Dave Lambeth – "Mouse Town USA"

Still life oil on canvas

"I wanted to create a still life of bicycle-related things (helmet, glove, bike shoe, part of a bike) having something to do with these things being temporarily thrown down in a dark garage after a long bike ride. Of course, after painting the mouse, it was only logical to put a cat lurking in the darkness.  Both are looking at the returning bicyclist, but neither is aware of the other.  A happy ending for all, one hopes."

Dave Epperson – "LeMond on Alpe D'Huez"

Photo of Greg LeMond taken on Alp D'Huez during the 1989 Tour de France

Chula Beauregard

Three framed prints, "Tight Turns," "Independence Pass" and "Bike Town Races"

Carol Jean

Framed print, "The Pack"

Sue Gallion

Handmade hat with bike design

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If you go:

What: Steamboat CycleArt

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.