Wow, everytime I turn around there is another press release about another show coming down the pike that has to do with bikes and bikers… I suppose it makes a lot of sense seeing how we are just weeks away from Sturgis and most of the events are taking place in tandem with this annual event. So, without further ado, here are two more fantastic opportunities to feed your creative soul with visual stimulus while you sip a cold one in the black hills.
David Uhl, has been called “The Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson artists.” And his work is much sought after by many collectors. A rider, oil painting artist and an accomplished commercial illustrator, David will bring originals from his collection which focuses on imagery from the turn of the century. You can view more of David’s work at his web site, www.uhlstudios.com.
John Guillemette is an oil on canvas artist from Revere, Massachusetts. His original oil paintings are vibrantly colored and meticulous in their detail and many of them feature classic as well as custom motorcycle themes. John’s artwork has been featured in many national publications such as Hot Bike, Thunderoads, The Motorcycle post, Easyriders and V-twin magazines. In addition, John’s original works of Arlen Ness and Jessie James from his “Masters and Machines” portrait series are on display in the Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio. You can view and purchase John’s original oil paintings and limited edition prints at The Broken Spoke Gallery as well as his website at www.bikesoncanvas.com.
Jeff Cochran is the founder of SuckerPunch Sallys, one of the most successful Old-School production bike manufacturers in the US. In addition to building and riding custom bikes, Jeff spent a decade studying alternative lighting techniques in photography. When Jeff started SPS he did all of his own photography and advertising. This led to many publications requesting art. Jeff has become a noted photographic artist in his own right and now shoots for several magazines throughout the United States and Europe. You can view more of his work at www.speedkingphoto.com.
Colleen Swartz’s work can be found in many national and international publications. Starting back in 2003, Colleen traveled the rally circuit offering souvenir photo shoots and building relationships. Now, more than 6 years later, Colleen has turned these relationships into the passion of her life, shooting bikes for publication and individual use, working with beautiful women and using her photojournalistic talents to document the history that unfolds every day. Her work can be viewed at www.digitalmagicbigshots.com.
The Legends Gallery opening will be on Sunday, August 2nd at 6-9 PM following the conclusion of the Michael Lichter Ride with Sugarbear at the Sturgis County Line. You are welcome to join the curator, Jay Allen along with the legendary artists, bike builders and iconic industry guests for a hors d’œuvres reception. The Gallery will be open throughout the Sturgis Rally from Noon until Midnight.
Sturgis Monkey Rock (formerly Thunder Road) has partnered with Segal Fine Art to bring the David Mann Museum Exhibit to the 69th annual event. The exhibit will feature over 50 David Mann originals, many not previously offered for public viewing, including the world famous “Ghost Rider” featured here (and on ArtBiker’s Chest). The collection of never before seen paintings comes from the archives of Paisano Publications (Easyriders Magazine) and demonstrates Mann’s broad range of creative excellence.
The genius of Dave Mann will be exhibited at Monkey Rock daily July 31 through August 8 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Other pieces unique to Segal Fine Art will also be available. Monkey Rock Event Center is located at the heart of the rally on Highway 34. There is an abundance of free parking. Entertainment and event updates as well as exhibitor information can be found on their website. Monkey Rock.
Hope to see some of you at these two events in the next few weeks.
Love, Respect, and Fine Art,