Art Car Show at Nave Museum gives new meaning to bling
By camille m. doty - CDOTY@VICAD.COM
May 28, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.
"Blue Gator" by Calvin Greathouse
Julian Perez Brown III
Hailee Marie Brown
"Heroes" by Isaac Cohen
"Seahorse," "Spoonozoid" and "Star" cars by Mark Bradford
"Frankenova" by James Ciosek
"Faster than Stink" by Tony Lee
"El Muerto Echo" by Robynn Sanders, owner, Kristie Odom
"Percy Peacock" by Mark and Sherry Garrett
"Phantoms" by W.T. Burge
"Cigs Kill" by Alex Harrah
"DC 39" by David Best
"Swamp Mutha" by Ann Harithas
"Shattered Vanity" by Nicole Strine
"Rex Rabbit" by Larry Fuente
"Lady of Transportation" by Amber Eagle
"Milan Car" by David Best
What: Photo exhibit of art cars by photographer Irv Tepper
When: Through July 3
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Where: Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.
Admission: $2 for adults, and $1 for children under 12
For more info: Call 361-575-8227
Olga Garcia and her family spent their Memorial Day looking at cars.
But they didn't give a car salesman a commission. Instead they viewed the cars as a form of art.
"I think they're pretty neat," she said. Garcia brought her daughter and three grandchildren to the Art Car Show hosted by the Victoria Regional Museum Association on Saturday.
Gary Hall, publicity chairman for the Victoria Regional Museum Association, said he anticipated between 750 and 1,000 people went to the Nave Museum.
"The art car show opens up a vision people never had. It redefines what people see as art," said Sharon Steen, museum association president.
The show includes 27 cars and four bikes from around the region, one trailer came from Mexico.
Artists used their car as a palette to show their creativity and personality.
Calvin Greathouse even called his car "my baby." He transformed a 2005 Lincoln Aviator into a decked-out design called "The Blue Gator."
The car had Lambo doors, 23-inch rims, 10 TVs, and a navigation system. He even showed off the hydraulic system.
For three years, the Victoria native has invested time and money into his pride and joy. He said he enjoys working on the cars and he's equally excited to show them off.
"I like doing this. You want people to come to Victoria, they need to see what we have to offer," he said.
Trent J. Brown, Garcia's grandson, noticed the blue machine. In fact, he said he loved it.
"My favorite car was the blue one. It had a PlayStation inside and it had TVs and rims." The 12-year-old Howell Middle School student also said it was pretty cool to have the car exhibit come to Victoria.
Trent's aunt, Maravilla Garcia, appreciated the car, "Shattered Vanity," for the detail.
"I've been to car shows for 15 years and I have never seen a car covered completely in glass."
Garcia also said that artist must have spent a lot of time on that car.
"That's one car I will remember after this show," she said. She has been to plenty of art car shows out of town, but she's delighted such an event has come to the Crossroads.
Maravilla, 33, said she hopes more car designers will participate in the show next year.
Most of the Garcia family enjoyed the show, but Alyssa R. Garcia, wasn't that enthused. She tugged at her grandmother and said, "I'm bored," then she ran to the curb and waited for her family to finish admiring the cars.
But that quickly changed when her grandmother Olga Garcia took the 5-year-old to do arts and crafts.
Alyssa perked up when she learned she could design her own art car. Her automobile was pink and full of daises.
With a huge smile she said, "Look Mo-Mo, we can do a little car!"
Even Victoria's toughest little art critic turned a corner at the car show.