Thunder in the Streets begins with a gala opening called "Black Tie, Black Leather," which includes the artists signing prints of their paintings, live jazz, a catered meal, more motorcycle art by St. Louis-based creators, biker memorabilia and a bunch of motorcycles. The 12 or so bikes on display will include several classic Harleys, as well as a group of Indian-brand motorcycles manufactured in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Foreign-auto-garage owner and amateur car racer Reid Vann is lending these gorgeous cycles for the occasion.
How do we reconcile the image of the beer-swilling biker sporting a ZZ Top beard with that of the celebrity millionaire who plunks down $25,000 to hang a Uhl or Jacobs original above the mantel? They're looking for the same thing: a rebellious, snarling engine surrounded by beautiful bike.
Thunder in the Streets ... The Motorcycle as an American Icon is on view at the St. Louis Artists' Guild, 2 Oak Knoll Park, April 30-June 6. The opening party "Black Tie, Black Leather" begins at 6:30 p.m. April 29. An additional opening reception takes place from 1-3 p.m. April 30. Call 727-6266 for tickets or more information.