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Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961.

Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014


Opening Reception: Friday, July 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through August 3, 2014
Elaine Jacob Foyer & Coleman Auditorium
Gualala Arts Center

Automobilia 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.

Automobilia, credit: Karen Shapiro 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 Petersen 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 wall art including, but not limited to, paintings, prints, photos, tapestries, marquetry, automotive signage (neon, enameled steel signs, gas station signage, etc.). Artists will also display automotive sculptures throughout the room, all intended to fascinate and delight all visitors to the exhibit. 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 these will carry a small cash award in addition to the ribbon or plaque.

Automobilia is a judged exhibit, but not a juried one unless the number of entries reaches the available capacity of the Jacob Foyer and the Coleman Auditorium. There will be multiple categories, all of which will include both adult and under 18 awards.


Automotive Themed Wall Art

This class will feature art in any medium that is hung on the wall. We expect and encourage paintings, prints, photos, tapestries, marquetry, sculptures, automotive signage (neon, enameled steel signs, gas station signage, etc.). The following awards would be presented:

  • Best Painting (any medium including mixed media)

    Automobilia Automobilia
  • Best Photograph (any type of photography or digital art)

  • Best Other Wall Art (signs, woodworking/marquetry, tapestry, quilts, sculptures, etc.)

  • Best Youth Wall Art - awarded to the best wall art piece in any media created by an artist under the age of 18

1st Place (blue ribbon) and 2nd Place (red ribbon) each category
$25 prize to Best Youth Wall Art
No cash prizes for other awards

Automotive Sculpture

This class will feature automotive sculpture created by the artist's own hands. Material can be wood, metal, ceramic, papier-mâché, etc. There are 2 distinct categories in this class, 1 for sculptures of automobiles and the other for auto related sculptures. For example:

Entires will be considered an automobile sculpture if it was identifiable as an actual automobile such as this image:


...or generally expresses the essence of an automobile such as this image:


Automotive related or inspired sculptures will incorporate or be inspired by automotive elements, but would not be of an automobile itself. Some examples:

credit: Arthur Horvath

We expect and encourage local artists in particular to participate in this exhibit, since many already do this kind of work. We also hope to draw in entries from people that work in industries or business that are auto related, such as the Waterman Racing fabricators, because even though they don't think of themselves as artists they really are. The following awards will be presented:

  • Best Auto Sculpture (any medium) - piece must be of, or generally express, an automobile
  • Best Automobilia Sculpture (any medium) - piece must incorporate or be inspired by automotive elements
  • Best Youth Sculpture - awarded to the best sculpture in any medium created by an artist under the age of 18

1st Place (blue ribbon) and 2nd Place (red ribbon) each category
$25 prize to Best Youth Sculpture
No cash prizes for other awards

Pinewood Derby Award

Pinewood Derby In conjunction with the 6th Annual Gualala Arts Auto Show on July 19, Gualala Arts presents the annual "Summernationals" Pinewood Derby races which draw participants ranging from 2 years old to over 50. After the races have been completed on July 19, the racers under 18 years of age will be afforded the opportunity to leave their race cars in the Jacob Foyer for the remaining duration of the Automobilia exhibit where they will be judged by people who visit the exhibit for the rest of its stay at the Arts Center. Any race car left at the exhibit will be displayed through August 3 and will be eligible for a "People's Choice" award for favorite Pinewood Derby car. 1st Place and 2nd Place awards will be given, with 1st Place receiving a blue ribbon and a $25 cash prize and 2nd Place receiving a red ribbon and a $10 cash prize.

Best of Show

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

  • Best in Show
  • Youth Best in Show

$50 for each award
Ribbon for adult award, plaque for youth award

Auto Show People's Choice Award

On the day of the 6th 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

$25 for each award
Ribbon for adult award, plaque for youth award

People's Choice: 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454 by Donn Edlund

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 (19, 20 and 21) 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 6 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

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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