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Peace, love and art cars June 11

Antiques & Art Car Artist Market Saturday, June 11
    Why let boring happen to your car when art can happen to it?
    Why go with a standard one-tone paint job when you can paint an eccentric, brightly colored mural and attach flamboyant items to the hood, roof and bumper? 

    These questions were no doubt easily answered by the convoy of art car artists and owners that will descend on Jasper in June as part of the most unique car show the town has ever seen.
      Artists are coming from all over the southeast for the first event, which organizer Kathe Hall hopes will become an annual affair for Jasper. The idea was sparked when Hall, a mosaicist and longtime arts supporter, reflected on the Folk Fest in Atlanta that shut its doors for first time in over 25 years.
    “I thought about all the years that I attended the show and how fun it was to run into my fellow art friends,” Hall said. “On the spur of the moment, I told my friend Kip Ramey to bring his art car and art and lets have some self taught folk artist come to Jasper because we need this genre of art here. Before I knew it, the list of artist and their cars started to grow.”
    While origins of the art car are not agreed upon (Janis Joplin? John Lennon? VW Buses? The Oscar Mayer Weiner Wagon?) the art car subculture began to come together in the 1990s and has grown since that time. Now, annual art car festivals are held across the country, with the largest in California and Texas. The Houston Art Car Weekend and Art Car Parade are entering their 29th year, with the ArtCar Fest in San Francisco entering its 20th.
    For the fledgling Jasper event, artists will be coming from all over Georgia, including Toccoa, Rome, Hawkinsville, Macon, Dahlonega and Atlanta, as well as from other southeastern states. Hall wants to see the event grow over time and eventually hold an art car parade in conjunction with the show.
    “Our very own Ed Brackin of Ed B’s Studio 54 will have a showcase of art and his ‘Black Car,’ and another favored Jasper-based artist Darrell Reddy Jasper will be here,” Hall said. “To the best of my knowledge, outside of Ed and Darrell and Mavis Stevens, I don't think any of these artist have ever shown in Jasper.”
    The art cars will be parked in the grassy area in front of Junktiques, Talking Rock Pottery and Mary’s Monogramming in the strip off Highway 515, just two miles north of Walmart. In addition to the bevy of bright art cars on display other self-taught folk artists will be in attendance, as well as concession from 5 Wise Girls and the Icey-Hut ice cream truck.    
    The Antiques & Artist Car Artist Market will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 35 Hidden Creek Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
    For more information contact Kathe Hall at 404-580-5013.