HICKORY — Hickory Museum of Art presents the seventh annual Autolawn Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on the SALT Block North Lawn, located at 243 Third Ave., NE, in Hickory.
The fundraising event to benefit HMA educational programming features a Euro Classic Car Show, youth judging program, art exhibits, live music, food court, beer garden, and more. The Autolawn Party is a celebration of the automobile. The Euro Classic Car Show offers a wide range of high-quality, original European vehicles in an intimate, informal setting. Entry is free for spectators.
When Hickory Museum of Art was established in 1944, the first exhibitions featured works from American artists produced prior to WWII. To commemorate that time period, this year’s theme is titled “Before the War.” This tribute to the museum’s 75th anniversary celebration will feature a separate display of various makes (US and European) produced up until 1944. Awards will be given in a small number of judged classifications and select categories. Entry classifications include German, Italian, British, Other European Makes, European Motorcycles, and Best Pre-World War II. The public will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award as well as the Youth Judging Contest courtesy of Jason Herman Insurance, Nationwide and Hagerty Insurance. Voting takes place between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with only one ballot per person.
In conjunction with the car show, guests are invited to participate in guided tours of exhibitions “The Art of Adventure” and “How Creativity Happens” with teamHMA members Jon Carfagno, Clarissa Starnes, and Kristina Anthony. Normally these tours are for members only, but in honor of Autolawn, everyone is invited to participate at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Traditional European brews and local craft beers will all be available for purchase in a beer garden while the local Elk’s lodge will be cooking up…