Our Son the Artist: When our son Matthew said he had an art show in an Atlanta Art Gallery, we didn't know what to expect. WOW, it was a really neat showing of the hobby he has had for years: Restoring old bicycles, especially the 20" trick bikes of his youth! Matthew had over 20 bicycles on display for a month plus some of the other items he has collected over the years that reflect who our son is. And who he is, is a pretty neat young man we're proud of! Hope you enjoy some of the shots of his show: Harry & Ann Colman
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These little flyers were distributed in different colors all over Atlanta.
These bigger flyers were also posted in various places to let folks know about the show: "Heavy Metal, The Muscle Bikes of Matt Daddy Colman"
These are two of the most valuable bikes in Matt's Collection. Schwinn
Orange Crate on the Left
Each Bicycle had a description of how Matt first found it, what he had done to restore or modify it, and why it was special to him. Each bike also had a list price which Matt admitted was ridiculously high so he wouldn't have to part with any of his collection!
The display included more of Matt's funky taste and whimsical view of life than just his Bicycles! There was even an old picture of his DAD hidden among the collection on the right!
The 24 Bicycles on Display represented MOST, but not ALL of Matt's Bicycles. No wonder he is known at some local bicycles shops as SCHWINN MATT
Here we see the artist Matt with his girlfriend Sara. She was doing her best to not let his head get TOO big during the month of the art show, but she said it was TOUGH at times!
Isn't it neat to be almost 30, yet still see so much fun in these toy keyboards that you'd collect THREE of them at Thrift shops to play on with friends!
And what else would you do with an old pogo stick and parts from an old exercise bike other than make them into a 'tasteful?' floor lamp!
Girlfriend Sara seems to be holding up okay under Matt's Sudden Fame!
Big Sister Nina knows it never could have happened if she didn't have a basement in her house for Matt's "Players Lounge" where Matt's Bikes and other toys are stored.
A Parting Shot of the show. As one of Matt's posted comments says, "it may not be art, but then again, YOU're looking at it!"
Dad will admit it, when Matthew paid over $150.00 for a 2nd hand bicycle at age 15, I was positive he'd be past this phase as soon as he got his driver's license! WOW, he is Back into the Bicycle phase in a BIG WAY!
Matthew's Bicycle Art Show was also featured in Issue 28 of ELEMENTAL, a popular Atlanta based underground culture magazine. We've included that article here JUST IN CASE you may have forgotten to pick up this particular issue!
The Bicycle Art Show was also featured in an Atlanta Arts Agenda that included theatre openings and other momentous happenings. Here is the excerpt of that notice. Gee, it's a wonder ANYBODY missed it! This was a NEAT SHOW! We're proud of you Matt!