Mixing Art & Gasoline at Clientele Art Show Studio
Seven years ago, William Wallace closed on an empty space in Wheeling, West Virginia, with no real direction as to what it would become. In time, things started to take shape, and by the end of 2018, Clientele Art Studio was born with its first official gallery show. Wallace was a friend of ours from Alexa’s music-making days, so it was great to see someone create an attractive space that gives artists in the Ohio Valley a place to showcase their work. Shortly after in January 2019, we were asked to be part of the first Cold Start art show, a three-person exhibition that combined the photography work from Daxton Scholl of Drift Pizza Media, photography from Alexa Diserio of Pittsburgh Moto, and the psychedelic chopper art from myself. Those who attended and stayed late were fortunate to witness an intense drift car burnout by painter Nick Perricellia, who closed the night off with a bang. We covered that first show in Issue Number 005 and returned for a second show in January of 2020 before the pandemic shut everything down.
After having to call off last year’s show, we were fortunate to continue Cold Start when the three of us returned this year to a space that has seen considerable upgrades since the last round. Clientele is now a full-time gallery space open to the public with a solid schedule of events, artist exhibits, weekly yoga classes, and much more. It even serves beer and has a retail section with clever goods created by amazing artists.
Year three picked up right where we left off. It’s unlikely to hear of an art gallery exhibit consisting exclusively of psychedelic motorcycle art and photography. When you mix in drift cars, lots of beer, and a big group of bikers, it takes things to another level. A space like Clientele Art Studio allows people to be themselves and let loose for a night. For me, seeing the evolution of Alexa and Daxton’s work from a different perspective was inspiring and something I hope ignites a spark in those with a creative passion for motorsports. Big thanks to our local motorcycle family for making the trip and filling the place with love. We hope to see yinz again next year!