Mountain Fest riders to visit Taylor County Arts Council


GRAFTON—The Taylor County Arts Council is thrilled to announce that Gallery 62 West has been added as a stop for the 2019 MountainFest Motorcycle Rally Ride In.

Organizers of the 2019 Rally decided to add it as a stop after visiting Gallery 62 and their July show, “The Art of the Ride.” The show, open until the end of the month, contains several pieces of mixed media art and memorabilia centered around motorcycles and Taylor County motorcycle clubs.

Included in the show is the art of the late John Panek of Shinnston, WV. His love of motorcycles led him to work with Ton McKee’s Vintage Motorcycle Show, featured as part of Morgantown’s MountainFest 2008.

Local motorcycle enthusiasts and artists, Jeff Stewart and Jeff Jones loaned three of their custom bikes to the show, as well.

“The gallery is constantly striving to bring more diverse and interesting mediums to Taylor County. We are thrilled that the organizers of this event took an interest in our show,” said Co-Chair of the Taylor County Arts Council, Ron Currey. 

This year’s 15th Annual MountainFest, which will take place July 25-27, will have performances by Jackyl, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Jason Bonham, Copper Chief, The Four Horseman, Jasmine Cain, Big Mike Griffin, and Whey Jennings.

Wild and Wonderful MountainFest is presented by MountainFest, LLC, in cooperation with the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Proceeds from MountainFest go to non-profit Mylan Park and all of the wonderful projects underway there.   

The stop at Gallery 62 West will happen the afternoon of Saturday, July 27. The gallery will have the music of the Soda Pop Gypsies starting at 2:00 p.m., followed by another act not yet finalized. 

Curator of the July show, Lorna Vincent, said that the organizers of MountainFest stopped by the gallery Saturday and were so impressed with the show that they also added it as a stop for this Friday’s covered bridge tour ride.

“We are already getting calls from folks that want to be part of next year’s motorcycle show. It’s really exciting how this has taken off,” said Vincent.

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