The breeze on your face, the freedom of the open road and the welcome burn in your thighs.
A good bike ride can cure many ailments.
Eighteen years ago, Amy Seltzer, yet another newcomer to the Pikes Peak area, noticed that bicycles were a staple in the community. A burgeoning artist herself, she imagined an intersection between bicycles and the visual arts, and created the ROLL Bike Art Festival, a celebration of bicycle-themed art.
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“The first year was a blast,” Seltzer said. “I knew I was on to something, because in 2005 we had our first ROLL, in the old Smokebrush building, and when it opened, it was wall-to-wall people.”
Since that inaugural event, the festival has featured work by more than 250 artists, partnered with 150 organizations, and taken place at 15 venues in the Pikes Peak region.
“It’s very important for athletes to be more sensitive and for performers to be more active,” she said.
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The 18th annual free festival, themed “The Road Less Travelled,” takes place Friday at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort and also features vendors, live music and food. Work will continue next year.
Over 20 pieces have been selected for this year’s exhibition, including paintings, photos and sculptures. Notably, three artists submitted artistic skulls, including Susan Dallam’s “Palmer Park Buffalo Skull,” a skull she decorated with images of bicycles.
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The festival is a chance for members of the cycling community to catch up, having spent much of the year on the sidelines pursuing their cycling hobby across the country. And Seltzer is also noticing an increase in interest in the hobby, possibly related to the pandemic.
“We don’t have a lot of information about COVID-19 that we know is a fact, but we know being healthy and staying healthy is a really good idea right now,” he said. she declared. “People are turning to cycling and thinking it’s part of the future – to be fit and healthy, to get out and enjoy the sun and the fresh air.”
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