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Art Car Parade highlights oddities, creativity on wheels (w/video, gallery)

By Bianca Montes
May 17, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.

Salvador Sendejo III, of Victoria, washes the wheels of his 1969 Cadillac DeVille at a carwash along U.S. Highway 59 before participating in the Texas Art Car and Friends Rendezvous parade in downtown Victoria.

If you go

• WHAT: Irv Tepper: Texas Art Cars and Friends Rendezvous in Victoria. The works in this exhibit are a selection of photos from previous Art Car Parades in Victoria.

•  WHEN: Through June 29

• WHERE: The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

COST: Admission to the museum is pay-what-you-want.

Salvador Sendejo III said he likes his cars to be a little obscure: If everyone is painting their two-toned classic cadillacs silver and black, then he's painting his baby blue.

"Everyone told me it would look weird," he said while standing beside the gull-wing door of his vintage lowrider and looking at the paint job. "I don't know; I just like to be different."

Different was the theme as people flaunted their offbeat styles Saturday during the annual Texas Art Car and Friends Rendezvous in Victoria. The festivities began with a parade of extravagancy as the art cars rolled past the Victoria Public Library on Main Street to the Nave Museum.

Sendejo drove his 1969 DeVille in the parade, something he does yearly to help garner awareness for the museum.

"It's good for the community," he said. "It's something the whole family will enjoy."

Ann Harithas, event curator and board member of the museum, has judged the Orange Art Car Parade in Houston for the past 25 years and organized the event in Victoria, bringing with her the "best of the best," said co-organizer Magdalena Kuykendall.

Alex Langley, 26, of Victoria, attended the parade last year with his 3-year-old son and said he couldn't wait to bring him back this year. The two of them favored a car with a giant superhero on top. For his girlfriend, she said she liked the lowriders.

From cars covered in handblown glass to ones that hop, shake and bump, the variety of art was plentiful for the hundreds of people who came out. The art cars parked on the First Baptist Church parking lot for people to get a closer look, food trucks lined the street, and The Manhattan Art Program provided arts and crafts activities for children.

An exhibit featuring photographs of previous parades captured by artist Irvin Tepper was presented inside the Nave. Tepper's photographs detail shots of the interior and exteriors of the cars with color heightened and hyped to an almost unreal effect to highlight "the enormous amount of work and time the artists have invested," the artist wrote in a description of his work.

The exhibit will be displayed until June 29.

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