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Art Car Exhibit is coming to Nave Museum

By camille m. doty/cdoty@vicad.com
May 25, 2011 at 12:25 a.m.
Updated May 27, 2011 at 12:27 a.m.


If you go

Opening Day

What: Opening Day Parade

Where: The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Cost: Free

Exhibit through Sunday, July 3

When: 1-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Free: Regular admission is $2 for adults, and $1 for children under 12

For more info: Call 361-575-8227

The Nave Museum will become Victoria's Art Car Central for its second consecutive year.

Ann Harithas, a Victoria native, is the visionary behind the cars coming to the Crossroads.

"I enjoy it so much, I just want to share it with everyone," she said. Harithas will have one of her prized possessions in the parade called, "Swamp Mutha."

"The cars are really wild. Last year, one car was covered completely with pennies," said Gary Hall, publicity chairman for the Victoria Regional Museum Association. Another one was an 18-wheeler that looked like a flying saucer.

Hall, who also teaches English at Victoria College, said anyone can enjoy the show.

"A lot of guys probably wouldn't go to a museum, but they like automobiles," he said.

Art cars will be on display Saturday at noon on Commercial Street in front of the Nave Museum along with a new exhibition of art car photography on view inside the museum.

In addition, students from local schools participating in the Manhattan Art Program will have miniature art cars on display.

Hall added, the artists create a masterpiece using a car as a palate.

The art cars on exhibit will display a variety of painting and sculptural techniques, including welding and metal craft, gluing and assemblage and collage.

Art cars scheduled to appear include, "DC39," by David Best; "Shattered Vanity," by Nicole Strine; and "Seahorse," by Mark Bradford, among many others. All the art cars have won top honors at the Orange Show Houston Art Car Parade. Several can be found on display all year round at Five Points in Victoria.

It's an experience for Crossroads residents.

"The people just oooh and ahhh. You should see the kids' faces. They're enthralled," said Maggie Kuykendall, event organizer.

The exhibit of photos by Irv Tepper, who has taken the art car photographs for the last 16 years, will be available for viewing May 28 through July 3 at the Nave Museum.

His exhibits have been displayed in more than 100 shows nationwide.

"The art cars offer more than just visual appeal, it's a form of self expression," Tepper said.

Kuykendall said some spend years putting their art cars together, but it is well worth the wait. "It's unlike anything you've ever seen in you're life."

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