Photos by David Gordon
Horsin’, sittin’, shinin’ and now, cruisin’. In recent years, summer has brought colorful horses, chairs and lighthouses to the streets of Saugerties. This year, the street art will be based on children’s pedal cars.
“We have one of the largest car shows in the area in July, and the event is associated with the town,” said Saugerties Chamber of Commerce President Mark Smith. The suggestion for the theme was offered by Sawyer Motors owner Bob Siracusano. This year’s show drew 39 entries.
The cars, purchased from Speedway of Lincoln, Nebraska, can be ridden by youngsters. “My two-year-old son wants to ride mine when I’m not working on it,” said Jessica Miron, whose car, “Sweet Ride,” features decorations based on chocolate, mint and other candies. Artists have a choice of three models to decorate: a hot rod, a classic Chevrolet and a Comet.
The cars will be on display at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, 169 Ulster Ave. They will be set up on the village streets before Memorial Day, and will remain there until September, when they will be auctioned off. Proceeds will be divided between the artist, the Chamber of Commerce and the Patriot Project House in Kingston, which provides services and shelter for homeless veterans.