Art of Auto Restoration

2013-07-18T00:00:00Z Art of Auto Restoration nwitimes.com
July 18, 2013 12:00 am

GARY, Ind. – Antique autos, art and amped-up audio will be featured in the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District’s July 20th Pop-Up Art event from 2-8 p.m. on Lake Street in the Miller Beach section of the city.

More than 20 classic cars will be parked in the diagonal spaces north and south of the Miller Bakery Café, 555 S. Lake Street, according to Gene Ayers, owner of Ayers Realtors.

“I probably got my interest in antique autos from my dad,” Ayers explained. “He bought a 1948 Ford Woodie new and kept it in the family. I still have it.”

The cars in the show all belong to Miller Beach residents. “We’re showing visitors from out of town what we’ve got here in Miller,” Ayers said.

That will also include artists from throughout the area, including painters, photographers, sculptors, textile artists and many more, who will be displaying and selling pieces in store fronts and on the street, where live music will be performed throughout the day.

The bands scheduled to perform include (in order of appearance) Black Jack Blues, Mo’ Beat Blies, AC Williams, and singer/songwriter Johnny V. Hard Cha Cha, a Latin funk rock band will be playing at 444 Grill from 8-until 11:00 pm.

Dyer artist Tom Torluemke’s work will be on display at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St.

The antique car show will be a new event for the Pop-Up Art fest, which will be celebrating its 10th and Ayers thinks all attendees will be impressed. “The cars had to be 25-years-old or older – everything from ‘30s Model As to mid-‘80s cars,” he said. “We’re calling it a ‘Casual Car Show’ and it’s a first for Miller Beach.”

Which auto is the star of the event? Ayers said he’ll let viewers decide. “The original condition survivor cars and trucks, alongside beautifully-restored vehicles and works in progress… It should make for an interesting mix,” he said.

Food vendors will also be available to event visitors.

MBACD’s 10th Pop Up Art happens Saturday, July 20 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, it will feature artists displaying and selling their work, live performances, classic cars, and food vendors. The event is free and open to the public.

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