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New AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame exhibit features motorcycle art

March 07, 2013

Painting of a Harley-Davidson gs tank with soap bubbles on it.

More than two dozen artists are celebrating the spirit, excitement and adventure of motorcycling through fine art in a new exhibit at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, titled "2 Wheels + Motor, A Fine Art Exhibition."

The exhibit, which begins in late March, includes art created by mixed-media specialists, photographers, sculptors, painters, illustrators, jewelers and potters. They're showcasing some of their finest pieces in what promises to be one of the most heart-stirring and captivating exhibits of motorcycling-related art in the nation. 

"Writer Thomas Merton said, 'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,'" said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. "Well, the same is true with motorcycling. So the combination of motorcycling, unique images and stunning artworks into a one-of-a-kind motorcycling art exhibit is certain to inspire everyone who sees it.

"We are very fortunate to have so many talented artists taking part in this new exhibit," Heininger added. "Several of the artworks have been created specifically for this exhibit, so there will be many fresh interpretations of motorcycling in various art forms. I'm very excited about this new addition to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame."

"2 Wheels + Motor, A Fine Art Exhibition" follows the recently concluded "30-Year Ride: Honda's Ohio-made Motorcycles," which showcased the 30 years of Honda motorcycle production in Marysville, Ohio, from the CR250 motocrosser to the Gold Wing tourer.

The main hall of the facility showcases the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, highlighting the people who have made significant contributions to all aspects of American motorcycling. Also on display is the popular exhibit "Dirt-Track! All-American Motorcycle Racing" that celebrates the storied history of men and machines battling on the dirt oval.

The new art exhibit will be completely installed by the end of March. Many Columbus, Ohio-area artists are taking part in the exhibit. Among the artists are: Matthew Anderle, sculptor; Dave Argento, illustrator; Wes Baker, painter; Dale Bert, painter; Don Bradley, illustrator; Bernardo Corman, sculptor; Katherine Crowley, painter; Manon Elder, painter; Ken Goodson, painter; Kathy Grace, potter; Walter Herrmann, sculptor; Eric Herrmann, painter and Frank Kletschkus, photographer.

Also on display are works by Jack Knight, painter; Frank Laskowski, mixed-media; Lory Lockwood, painter; Jongseok Oh, sculptor; Kraig Richard, sculptor; Tim Rietenbach, sculptor; Guenevere Schwien, painter; Siege, painter; Ric Stewart, sculptor; Mary Watt Yeadon, painter; Reed White, painter; Keith Winter, illustrator; Kristi Kloss, jeweler; Matthew Anderle, sculptor; Steve Posson, sculptor; David Uhl, painter; Harry Miller, illustrator; Joe Autry, sculptor; Josh Culver, sculptor; Patrick Jilbert, painter; Jacqui VanHam, sculptor; Ron Jasin, illustrator; Brad White, sculptor; Jeff Gaither, painter and Jeral Tidwell, painter. 

For more information, call the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at (614) 856-2222 or go to www.motorcyclemuseum.org

Whimsical Christmas artwork of an old motorcycle.

A painting depicting custom bike builder Indian Larry.

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