Cycles portray arts, culture

As a part of the I*MAGINE Celebration of the Arts, the annual Bicycles on Parade contest was held at the Montevallo Arts Festival April 18 at Orr Park.

Sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council, the contest encouraged community members to turn a bike into art. Some contestants created visual puns, such as Calera High School’s “Calera Rocks,” a lime-colored bicycle covered with lime-colored rocks.

The resulting masterpieces will be on display around the county through June 7.

In the Professional Artist category, Sarah Moore took first place for “Wrapped up in Cycling,” second place went to Dian McCray for “The Vitrovian,” and Cameron Burgess took third place for “Scarecrow.”

In the Businesses, Churches, Organizations, and Individuals category, first place went to Information Tech Services for “Chip The Technoman,” the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce received second for “Betty Davis Eyes,” and third went to South Shelby Chamber of Commerce for “‘Look at me’ Pink.”

Elementary /Intermediate School winners included: first-place winner “Going Green” by Thompson Intermediate, second place “Tree Cycle” by Valley Intermediate, and third place to “Buzzin’ Biker Bee” by Chelsea Park Elementary.

High School/Middle School winners were: first place “Cowboy Bike” by Vincent Middle/High School, “Stripes” by Thompson Middle School won second, and third place went to Shelby County High School for “In the Woods.”

In the ages 5–11 individual group, John Connor Davis won first place for “Ellis Bikeways,” second place went to Will Luger and Sarah Henry for “Butterfly Bike,” and third place to Trent Sullivan for “Big Dog Harley.” Ages 12–18 winners were first place Trey Sullivan for “Gone Fishin’,” Nick Bili for “Confusion,” and Alli Coyte for “Go Green Ride A Bike.”

The Community Spirit Award will be presented May 8 on Wake Up Alabama. The award goes to the community with the most bicycles on display.

Participants are encouraged to get their bicycle on display before May 8. Instructions and helpful tips are on the I*MAGINE Web site at Imagineshelbycounty.com or Shelbycountyartscouncil.com.