News from Montgomery College
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|For Immediate Release (00-70)
Date: December 21, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
to Host "My First Wheels,"
|Rockville, Maryland — Remember your first car? Relive the
wows and woes of that first set of wheels, as Montgomery College's Department of Visual
Communications Technologies' hosts a special exhibition of works by some of America's
leading illustrators. Entitled "My First Wheels," the exhibition runs from
January 15-February 23 and will be on display in the Technical Center art gallery of
Montgomery College's Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the exhibition on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 7-9 p.m.
"My First Wheels" is co-sponsored by the Society of Illustrators and the Illustrators Club of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Curator Murray Tinkelman invited 70 illustrators to create depictions of their first set of wheels and to accompany the art with a brief written memoir. Their subjects range from a $50 clunker that died on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to a top-of-the-line muscle car that is a collector's item today.
Among the 68 artists represented are two nationally syndicated comic-strip artists Mort Walker of "Beetle Bailey" and Jim Scanarelli of "Gasoline Alley." Local illustrators who participated include Montgomery College instructor and D.C. resident, Martha Vaughn, and Virginia-based illustrators Bill Firestone (former 1951 Austin A40 Devon Saloon driver) and Bobbi "anything that could go wrong, went wrong" Tull.
Vaughn says, "My first car was a 1970,
semi-automatic, ugly-as-sin Ford Maverick, but what I remember about it was the freedom it
gave me. I soon had a job and was making real money for the first time in my life and had
very few responsibilities. I could throw the cooler in the back and head off for the beach
at the slightest whim."
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