Bikes and art usually don’t go together – but “Inky Spokes” aims to change that. The Washington-touring exhibition of bicycle-themed art hits Tacoma Art Museum this week with a free reception next Thursday for ArtWalk, and showcases not just links between wheels and canvas, but the work of both emerging and established artists.
Curated by Amanda Michele Dellinger and organized by The Levee Breaking, “Inky Spokes” is a spin-off from the Gigantic Bicycle Festival, a get-together of bike enthusiasts this August in Snoqualmie, where the exhibit will culminate. Featured artists include Alex Achaval, Amy Pleasant, Andy Goulding, Claire Putney, Eroyn Franklin, Fedora El Morro and WoodFish, among many others.
“I think what’s most important to me as the curator is to emphasize the connectivity between artists of varying skill set and the bridging of cities through art and bicycle culture,” says Dellinger.
The TAM portion coincides with National Bike Month, and the City of Tacoma’s Zeitbike offshoot, which has organized its own museum events in the past, is encouraging museum-goers to ride their bikes to the museum, where admission is free from 5-8 p.m. and other Third Thursday ArtWalk activities include a sewing circle for Marie Watt’s upcoming blanket sculpture and bike-related art activities.
Before and after the ArtWalk reception, only a portion of the exhibit will be on view in the window on the museum’s mezzanine level.
Opening reception 5-8 p.m. May 15. Free. Also on view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through May 27; admission $10/$8/free for five and under. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org
“Inky Spokes” tours through Washington this summer: June 14 at Georgetown Carnival, Seattle; July TBD; July 28 - August 17 (reception 6-10 p.m. Aug. 1) at Make.Shift , Bellingham; Aug. 23-24 at Gigantic Bicycle Festival , Centennial Fields Park, Snoqualmie.