Susan Eley Fine Art museum home to ‘car-art’ exhibit

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The Susan Eley Fine Art museum, located in New York City, has opened “Vroom Vroom Beep Beep,” a group exhibition featuring paintings and photographs by Charles Buckley, John Conn, Victor Honigsfeld, Valeri Larko, Beñat Iglesias López, Carolyn Monastra, Maria Passarotti and Ruth Shively. The exhibit will run through Febuary 24.

According to the museum, the car is a symbol of freedom and an emblem of America’s pioneering spirit. The exhibit looks at the role of the car in a range of contemporary art, from the nostalgic depictions of vintage cars by Charles Buckley and Ruth Shively, to the paintings set in urban and rural landscapes by Beñat Iglesias López, and Victor Honigsfeld and the hyper realist cityscapes painted en plein air by Valeri Larko..

Car shows

The Blackhawk Museum in Danville, California, hosts a cars and coffee February 5 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and a special celebration of Enzo Ferrari’s 119th birthday with a cars and coffee February 19 presented by the Ferrari Club of America and the Alfa Romeo Association.

Educational opportunities:

Saturday evening, as a highlight of the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show, the NHRA Museum is hosting an exclusive sneak-peek at a restored streamliner.  This will include a look inside the restoration process from builder Dan Webb, and Doug Herbert and family, followed by a casual dinner in the outdoor Redwood Grove and concluding with an exclusive after-hours tour and private viewing of the NHRA Motorsports Museum.

Also Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host Dan Gurney’s AAR Eagle race cars and memorabilia collection. The items on display will include the 1967 Gurney Eagle Weslake, the 1999 Gurney Eagle Indy car and the famous Moet champagne bottle sprayed by Gurney after winning the 1967 Le Mans race.

The National Corvette museum heads to Seattle, Washington, for an adventure-filled weekend July 26-30 with sights including Mount Rainier, the LeMay museums, Museum of Flight, Seattle Center (with Space Needle), Pikes Place Market and more. Registration is $1,890 for single occupancy, and an additional $340 for double occupancy. NCM Members receive a $40 discount.

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in northern Indiana offers its second winter discussion series with a presentation titled “Freedom Rids, the Impact of Transportation on the Civil Rights Movement.” The presentation will take place on February 21 at 6:00 pm.

The museum also offers a presentation titled “Tucker: A Man and his Motorcar.” This car-side event will take place February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

The NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has announced its 2017 track schedule with events April 27-28, June 26-27, and August 26-27. Participants will be a part of a four-group program based on skill level separated into novice drivers, intermediate, advanced, and instructors. Registration is open and can be done online.

It’s not just cars:

The British Motor Museum holds “Brick Week” February 18-26 and invites guests to the museum to take part in the automotive-themed brick-building challenges. Guest will be able to complete their own Lego brick section and professional model builders will attach it to the Lego brick mini the museum hopes to assemble in less than 9 days.

June 3, the LeMay – America’s Car Museum stages “Fast & Furious, the 2017 Wheels & Heels Annual Gala.”

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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan