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---- — MT. VERNON — Organizers expect well over 100 motorcycles to be on display at this year's “Ironclad Art: The Motorcycle” exhibit at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
Attendance at the annual show has grown tremendously over the years and as long as the weather holds up, that trend should continue this year, said Rex Cusumano, a motorcyclist who serves on the event's organizing committee. His wife, Mary Ellen, chairs the committee.
“It brings people from all walks of life together for a unique art exhibit,” Rex said, adding that the show's guiding philosophy is how motorcycles can be works of art. “I collect motorcycles. I just see beauty in it as much as any sculpture or anything else. (When you) look at the lines, the features, it's quite a work of art really.”
The exhibit, in its ninth year, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 on the grounds of Cedarhurst, 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon.
It is free to view the bikes on display, but those who want to show a motorcycle must pay a $10 registration fee. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the day of the show.
Part of the event's appeal is the sheer variety of bikes on display. This includes vintage, touring, custom, contemporary, and many other kinds of bikes, said Hillary Settle, director of development for Cedarhurst.
“People that come here can see a little bit of everything,” Settle said. “I think this is one of the most unique programs that we do.”
As an incentive to participate, trophies are handed out to the best bikes on display.
Trophy categories include top American, European, and Asian bikes; best of show; and the overall top 20 bikes. Awards will be handed out at 3 p.m. on the day of the show.
Rex Cusumano said the Ironclad exhibit draws participants from as far away as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and even Wisconsin.
“Why it's successful is we've opened it to any bike, any make or model,” Rex said. “Every year it has grown.”
The event, Rex said, also brings more people to Cedarhurst who may not ordinarily visit an art museum.
“(Cedarhurst) is stepping out of the realm of traditional art,” Rex said. “It's really been a great expansion of the programming at the museum.”
Organizers describe the show as having a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. In addition to the exhibit, the event also features a “Back Door BBQ” and Pepsi concessions.
For more information, contact Cedarhurst at 242-1236, or visit www.cedarhurst.org.