Art Driven invited by Fiat to this years Texas State Fair in Dallas. Cindy, "Crash", painting a Fiat 500 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 19th. Come and see the Italian great artist inspired design as it is hand painted on the car during the fair!Read More
The Austin Cars and Coffee held a special event this past Sunday so that Mike Brewer, from the hit Velocity Channel show, Wheeler Dealer, could film some American Muscle. We stopped by with four of our cars and had a chance to chat with the man himself. He and his crew liked the cars so much, they did a bit of filming of our cars! Look for the Tattoo Traveler on an upcoming edition of Wheeler Dealer!
Have a gander at this video from the Fiat of Austin grand opening celebrations featuring four of our Art Driven vehicles!
Late last year, as our business was just starting to take shape, Lisa Copeland, Fiat of Austin GM, asked us to help celebrate the grand opening of her new dealership. We thought it would be an excellent opportunity to help one of our great partners and officially unveil our first four cars. So last Thursday, we put on our suits, put the finishing touches on our cars, and toasted the unveiling of our cars and the opening of Fiat of Austin's new dealership. Check out this great article by James Nelson for a recap of the night.
Art Driven was born not from a single idea but from a multitude of inputs and exposure to great people and ideas. Without their help, support and guidance, Art Driven would remain a fleeting idea, destined to remain unimplemented. With that, we’d like to thank the following people:
- Sonny Morgan, John Eagle European Dealer Principal, and David Gainey, Service Advisor at Bentley of Austin, for graciously sharing their wonderful service department that has served as our painting space for the first four cars.
- Dan Mooney, owner of Classic Jaguar, for both preparing the cars for paint and finishing them with a perfect clearcoat.
- Lisa Copeland, Fiat of Austin General Manager, for believing in us and showcasing our Art Driven cars at her grand opening celebration.
- David Angenend, owner of Sideways AutoSalon, for the final push to make this all happen. Without his inspiration and support, Art Driven would not exist.
From these key supporters, Art Driven is born!
Cindy Rascke, a graduate of the University of Texas Fine Arts program, has always had a passion for the arts. Beginning her career in fine arts by painting murals for private and commercial customers, Cindy quickly found out that she enjoyed painting objects more. After painting one of the famous Austin Gibson guitars (her guitar is currently on display at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport), Cindy expanded her desire to paint objects and began painting motorcycles, cars, and hotrods in 2003. We took an afternoon to catch up with Cindy while she was painting one of our Art Driven cars to ask her a few questions:
AD: What makes owning an “art car” fun?
CR: Driving an “art car” makes traffic fun as you capture the reactions of others seeing your car.
AD: What makes an “art car” different?
CR: Having an “art car” reflects the driver’s personality. It takes your car to a new level so as not to be another “off the shelf” model.
AD: What makes an “art car” special?
CR: You fall in love with a fine painting, buy it, and go home and hang it on your walls and only you and your friends see it. With an “art car”, you share your fine art with the world!
AD: What is your vision for your art?
CR: I wish everyone had an art car!