On Saturday, July 22, art lovers and car enthusiasts will roll up to Don Drumm Studios & Gallery for the art car show, which features vehicles that have been converted into moveable works of art.
Nationally-known art car creator Greg Phelps of Columbus will display his bedazzled 2009 Nissan Versa as part of the special gallery event. Known as “That Car,” which is Phelps’ vanity plate, the vehicle is covered inside and out with plastic toys, wine corks, tennis balls, skulls, Barbie doll legs, fringe and other objects the driver has collected. There is even a chandelier hanging inside.
It’s called “That Car” because that’s what people say when passing it: “Look at that car!”
Phelps is part of a decades-long movement of artists from coast to coast who make their cars into moving art. Objects are adhered with silicone glue and double-checked to make sure they won’t fly off on the highway.
“It’s wonderful to never experience road rage,” Phelps said. “People notice the car and start smiling. My car is like a parade every day.”
Also part of this freewheeling event is a full-sized car decorated by Sarah Gott’s students at Kids Country Stow and a toy car decorating contest. The contest is open to the public with $50 to $100 gift certificates as prizes.
Details and registration applications are at www.dondrummstudios.com.
In addition, Akron’s The Square Scullery food truck will be on location to feed the car-loving crowd.
Event hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Don Drumm Studios & Gallery is located at 437 Crouse St. near downtown Akron and the university.