Sacbo would LOVE to have your art car join us at the Fremont Fair. Register online here.
“It’s fun, it’s not just any car show. There’s always something new and unusual to see” notes Amber Boorman of Vancouver B.C., driver of “Machisma”. A black 1970 Oldsmobile augmented with two-foot tall fins and 3-D flamed paint job.
“Art cars are accessible to everyone, it’s public art available on the road and not in private galleries,” local artist Kelly Lyles explains. “Both kids and adults get a kick out of them.”
Check out photos from our past Fundraisers, and parades.
Despite high gas prices, the 12th Annual Seattle Art Car Blow Out, will welcome more than 60 art cars to the Fremont Street Fair Saturday, June 18th, from 10am – 8pm, and Sunday, June 19th, from 11 – 6pm. The cars will be displayed in the Burke Building Upper Parking Lot, with entrance on N. 35th St., just west of Evanston Ave. N.
This year’s Blow-Out features more out of town cars than ever. From Kansas, CHEWBARU, a Subaru covered in dental plates and paraphernalia, is a crowd favorite every time. STINK BUG, a VW bug from Florida covered in cigarette butts, will make its first appearance at SACBO. They will join cars that have traveled from up and down the West Coast, from southern California to British Columbia – and just around the block in Fremont. Also making a first time appearance is the YARN CAR, “as seen in Reader’s Digest,” by Tim Klein. This car features more than four miles of yarn.
Chewbaru – a tribute to Dental Hygene and Dentures!
The art car artists themselves are always happy to explain the ways and wherefores of their work. Phil Teller, creator of the Cyberdyne 1000 Transporter, says, “How do you make an art car? That’s easy. Buy a cheap car and chop away everything that isn’t art.” Materials used to make cars displayed this weekend include old computer parts, fridge magnets, river rocks, paint, personal accessories, animals, plastic toys, and more.
“Seeing a single art car is one thing, seeing a whole bunch together is really a trip” says Don Ehlen, driver of the fish covered Volkswagen, the Aquamobile.
“Art cars are the ultimate in accessible Public Art, says local artist Kelly Lyles. Ms. Lyles’ “Excessories Odd-yssey,” – a Honda Mini-van covered with women’s fashion – is her daily driver. She shares some of the benefits of driving an art car: “It deflects road rage, and gives strangers something to talk about. Besides, it’s easier to find in a parking lot, just look for all the gawking people.”
June 17 – 19, 2011
Register for the Seattle Art Car Blowout online here
Please join us for the 14th annual Seattle Art Car Blowout held in the Center of the Universe during the Fremont Fair – Solstice Parade and Pageant, June 18th and 19th, 2011 (with an energy-packed kick-off party the night before, Friday June 17th). We are talking succulent sustainable Seattle at its best! You owe yourself this!
The Solstice Parade kicks off with hundreds of colorfully painted cyclists as over 100,000 citizens line the route! Then the parade washes into a Craft Fair giddy with stilt-walkers, political activism, and life-affirming skits all non-toxically wrapped in a living ribbon of Giant Puppets, Colorful Human-Powered floats, Salsa Marching Bands and Belly Dancers!
You make the Seattle Art Car Blowout unique. Register your intention to come! Registration gets you:
- Adulation of thousands
- Friday kick-off at Kim & Steve’s fantastic shop: Close Enough Engineering
- Reserved display space at the Fremont Fair from which you may vend (no fee)
- Prime seating for Solstice Parade (Saturday 11 AM)
- Saturday evening Salmon BBQ
- Sunday morning Donut Joust and Art Car procession through Seattle
- Accommodations in a hotel, spare bedroom, or better yet a comfy couch!
- Up to 100% gas money reimbursement for out-of-towners
- Closing night party at the NW’s testament to rock & roll, the Feedback Lounge
We reserve a huge parking lot for the Art Car Zone at the fair. We want to feed you all weekend; so an accurate headcount is essential! Please register ASAP! We encourage you to Donate $25 or whatever you can afford, but please register now even if you don’t donate now. If you cannot register online, then you can print and send your registration through the mail with an old fashioned check for $25. You can mail us a check or use PayPal using the Donate button on this page and it is tax deductible! We are a 501 c3 not-for-profit under the umbrella of the Fremont Arts Council. If you’re financially strapped, don’t let that stop you. We want every ArtCar to participate! But you gotta register so we can make space to show off your unique vision to the world! It’s your time to shine!
Join your tribe of fellow CARTISTS from around the country! Come be inspired, admired and celebrated! We look forward to seeing you and yours in person…