Celebrate Andy Warhol and classic Cadillacs, Jersey style

The Cadillac Club of North Jersey and Montclair Art Museum are inviting fans of Andy Warhol and fine Cadillacs to stop by the weekend of June 11-12 to take a look at his works as well as a stylish collection of classic Caddys from various eras that will dot the museum's grounds.

The exhibition examines Warhol's fascination with cars as products of American consumerism. The show will have more than 40 drawings, prints, photographs and archival documents spanning Warhol's career from 1946 to 1986. Works range from from his paintings and prints from the Car Crash series to his impressions of Volkswagen advertisements from the 1970s and 1980s and BMW Art Race Car Projects.

Lois and Robert Harriman of the Cadillac Club of North Jersey brought their classic Cadillac to the exhibition opening of "Warhol and Cars: American Icons." Their car is the exact model featured in Warhol's 1962 "Twelve Cadillacs," which is a showcase piece in the exhibition.

People who come to the show to peruse art and admire the Cadillacs like the 1948 model pictured here can purchase pieces from local artists for between $50 to $500 to expand their personal art collections.

Artists featured besides Warhol are Adam Farrington, Alina Bliach, Ann Light, April Clark, Brandon Rechten, Chris Chauss, David Brown, Denice Bizot, Diane Whitebay, Gabriella Marino, Gerard Bizzaro, Janet Taylor Pickett, Jennifer Levine, Jo Bradney, Joe Henson, Leslie Adler, Margaret Ann Daviet, Michael Ferrari, Patrick DeFlora, Sharon McNeill, Tamima Friedman, Terry Boddie, Todd Saxton Carpenter, Lauren Ennist, Maryann Burton, Nancy Berhaut and Trudy Solin.

"Twelve Cadillacs" is a free exhibition that can be enjoyed from noon to 4 p.m. June 11 at the museum, 3 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair, N.J. 07042. The Warhol exhibit can be viewed from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the weekend of June 11-12.

If you want to know more about the club because you might want to join it, here is its mission statement: "The Cadillac Club of North Jersey is an organization that bands together Cadillac enthusiasts of all ages and creeds in appreciation of the world's finest luxury brand of automobiles. Founded in 1991, the CCNJ is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all Cadillac vehicles. The club was incorporated in New Jersey in 1992, we have weekly outdoor meetings during the good weather months and monthly indoor meeting during the cold weather months. Each year, the club usually arranges at least two Cadillac-only shows, several parade opportunities, a brunch and some 'cruises.' ... On these "cruises" we gather at a starting point, then travel in a convoy to a planned destination.

"We publish and distribute a monthly newsletter year-'round which includes updates on club activities, technical tips, personal stories about members and their cars and other items of interest to the general membership. Our activities permit members to better enjoy the common bond they share in ownership of these cars. In this way, members can exchange information about parts sources, repair facilities and technical and restoration tips. Occasionally the club receives requests from movie and television producers looking for vintage cars. Several members' cars have appeared in movies such as 'A Bronx Tale' (Robert De Niro) and 'Malcolm X' (Denzel Washington).

"The CCNJ welcomes all years and models into our club and encourages members to show off their Cadillacs whether they be old or new, showroom condition or works in progress. If you share a passion for these fine automobiles please join us as we drive the past into the future."

You can call the museum at (973) 746-5555, or the club at (201) 888-8727. Get Warhol and event information and special offers by texting CARS at 71297. Here is a link to future club events: http://cadillacclubnj.org/index_files/Page351.htm.

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