The spirit, excitement and adventure of motorcycling is being celebrated in an art exhibit titled "2 Wheels plus Motor, A Fine Art Exhibition" at the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington.
"Visitors will enjoy paintings, sculptures, jewelry, illustrations and various mixed media," said Connie Fleming, AMA Manager of Events.
"It's a very eclectic mix of platforms, and we think there's something for everyone," Fleming said.
Fleming said there are currently 44 artists participating in the exhibit, many of them from the Columbus area.
"Interest has been growing as word continues to spread, and this number may change as time goes by and pieces rotate in and out if the exhibit," said Fleming.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said the art show is "one that has never been represented at this scale at our facility." He said it will appeal to riders and non-riders alike.
"Art is the universal language, and the exhibit is an effective way to communicate that passion to the non-riding public, while also striking a very personal cord with motorcyclists," Dingman said.
While the "official grand opening" of the exhibit isn't until July 18, Dingman is encouraging visitors to come to the facility to see the art now.
Dingman said he hopes area residents also come out for the "Family Fun Day" Saturday, May 11, at the AMA Hall of Fame Museum.
"We want to show the wonderful folks of Pickerington and surrounding communities this great facility they have in their own backyards," Dingman said.
"We're offering half-off admission to adults, so it's just $5 per person, and free admission to anyone under 17 years old and younger. That includes all exhibits in the museum," Fleming said.
She said the all-day event will feature an "Extreme Off-Road Motorcycle Stunt Show" running periodically throughout the day.
"The rider, a national title contender on the AMA Moto Trials National Championship Series circuit, also will be signing autographs and spending time with fans," Fleming said.
The AMA and its Hall of Fame Museum moved to Pickerington from Westerville in 1999.
Dingman said the Family Fun Day provides a way in which to thank "the local community for supporting us all these years."
"Come by and spend the day, enjoy the motorcycle skills demonstration, and check out the museum," Dingman said.
"Bring a picnic lunch if you want," he said.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is at 13515 Yarmouth Drive . It is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For information, go to motorcyclemuseum.org or call (614) 856-2222.