Gualala Arts presents

An exhibit of automotive-themed art

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibit remains through July 31

Burnett Gallery


Artists: Download the 2016 Automobilia Registration Form.

AutomobiliaThis exhibit celebrates the art of the automobile. It is intended to be a superb and appropriate complement to the Auto Show and delight young and old, man and woman, boy and girl. The exhibit is intended to appeal to everyone that attends the Auto Show, but also draw visitors throughout the month because it will be so cool and so unique. Automobiles are art – visual, mechanical, emotional, spiritual, you name it. They also spur people’s creativity, moving them to make their cars works of art through modification or customization or creating automotive themed art – Automobilia. Just take a visit to the Blackhawk Collection, the Academy of Art Automobile Museum or the Peterson Automotive Museum and you will see that great cars always inspire, and are surrounded by, great art. This is what the Gualala Arts Auto Show aspires to as the next logical phase in its growth as a destination event for both Auto and Art lovers.

The Automobilia Exhibit presents a diverse, entertaining and very different display of automotive related art. The art exhibit is designed to draw creations from artists of all ages in multiple media. The exhibit will showcase photography, wall art including, but not limited to, paintings, tapestries, marquetry, automotive signage (neon, enameled steel signs, gas station signage, etc.). Artists will also display automotive sculptures throughout the Arts Center. New this year will be displays of die cast car collections (i.e. Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi, Ertl, etc.) and scale model cars of any material. This exhibit is intended to fascinate and delight all visitors to the Arts Center and the Auto Show. Another goal of this exhibit is to actively encourage the participation from artists under the age of 18. Each judged class in the exhibit will include a youth class and all classes will have small cash awards in addition to the ribbons.

Automobilia is a judged exhibit, but not a juried one, unless the number of entries reaches the available capacity of the Burnett Gallery. Adult artists can submit up to 2 pieces per category and artists under 18 up to 7 pieces using the 2016 Automobilia Registration Form.


Automotive Themed Photography – This class will feature prints and photos, and can be as taken or digitally enhanced.


Automotive Themed Wall Art – This class will feature art in any medium that is hung on the wall, and can be either art of automobiles or automobile parts, or inspired by the automobile, or made of automobile parts. We expect and encourage paintings, tapestries, quilts, marquetry, sculptures, automotive signage (neon, enameled steel signs, gas station signage, etc.) that can be displayed on the wall.


Automotive Sculpture – This class will feature automotive sculpture created by the artist’s own hands.  Material can be wood, metal, ceramic, papier-mâché, etc. Local artists in particular are expected and encouraged to participate in this exhibit, since many already do this kind of work. Entries from people that work in industries or business that are auto related, such as the Waterman Racing fabricators, are also encouraged to create art for this class, because even though they often don’t think of themselves as artists they really are.


Die Cast Car Collections – This class is for collectors of toy cars. Collectors of Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi, Franklin Mint, AutoArt and any other manufacturer are expected to display their collections. The collections will be presented in artfully laid out displays.


Scale Model Cars – This class is for model car kits built by the artist, or completely scratch built models. This will likely have many plastic models, but any car model would be eligible (wood, metal, papier-mâché, etc.). Young artists are encouraged to build models for this class.


Best of Show – Best of Show awards will be given to the best piece of  Automobilia art entered by an adult and an artist under the age of 18.

  • Best of Show
  • Youth Best of Show
Bike on the Brain, Beer in the Body
2015 Best of Show winner “Bike on the Brain, Beer in the Body” by Nicole Andrijauskas


2015 Youth Best of Show winner “Need for Speed” by Jason Villegas
2015 Youth Best of Show winner “Need for Speed” by Jason Villegas

Auto Show People’s Choice Award – On the day of the 8th Annual Gualala Arts Auto Show, all attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite  Automobilia entry in the adult and youth categories. Voting will be managed in the same manner as this class is managed for the Auto Show.

  • Auto Show People’s Choice Award
  • Auto Show People’s Choice Award Youth
2015 Auto Show People’s Choice Award Youth “Flamed Jaguar” by Oliver Abdu
2015 Auto Show People’s Choice Award Youth “Flamed Jaguar” by Oliver Abdu

Most Creative Awards – The North Coast Artists’ Guild (NCAG) will continue to honor the most creative pieces by both adult and young artists. Bruce Jones and Sharon Nickodem, both longtime members of NCAG, will select NCAG‘s choice to receive these awards which will carry a $75 prize for the winners.

2015 NCAG Most Creative Award “Saturday Night Action 1962” by Robert Wise
2015 NCAG Most Creative Award “Saturday Night Action 1962” by Robert Wise

Other Awards – Like the Auto Show and Art in the Redwoods, local businesses and automotive enthusiasts will be offered the opportunity to sponsor their own awards for this show, with their choice of the name and form of the award. Check this site for announcements of these special awards.

Curator’s Statement and Philosophy

 I have loved cars since I was old enough to recognize the difference between a ‘61 Ford and a ‘61 Chevy. I built models with my father and brother starting when I was 5 years old, had a Matchbox and Corgi collection until Hot Wheels came along when I became a huge fan of them. In my middle school art classes my portfolio was mostly cars, drawn in pen and india ink. As I became an adult and graduated to the real thing, I continued to collect and enjoy Automobilia of all types. I passed on this enthusiasm and appreciation to my daughters, with my oldest being the most appreciative of cars, and to my 8 grandchildren. I give all of them Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars every Christmas, and even the older ones (21, 22 and 23) still expect them each year AND have kept all of the ones I have given them over the years, unopened in their packages for the most part. I also appreciate the amazing automotive art that is out there, and that it is always used to complement, inform and expand on the automobile itself.

I also believe, based on my own experience, that appreciation of anything starts at an early age and grows with time. This exhibit is intentionally designed to invite and embrace participation by artists under the age of 18, and to present them with awards for their artistry. The enthusiastic crowds at the last 7 Gualala Arts Pinewood Derbies are a testament to the creativity, artistic ability and automotive enthusiasm of the kids and their families and this exhibit will only add to and expand that enthusiasm.

 –   Mark D. Hancock