Arts on Wheels rolls into Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Arts on Wheels rolls into Lake Charles

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - They're some of the finest bikes you could ever see.  This weekend Art on Wheels rolled its way to the Lake Charles Civic Center.

"The bikes will always be the focus of this show because their so extreme these days.  It's all about art and the art on the bikes," said Shonda LeFevre.

"This is Art on Wheels and if you look at some of these paint jobs, you'll see art that you'll never see anywhere else," said Chad Blanchard.

From classic to extreme, bikers showed off their pride and joy.  Ian Sonnier designed his bike from scratch.

"I decided to do it with a paint job and I like designing them," said Ian Sonnier.

These moving works of art offered residents to see the best in show, but their main goal was to benefit local charities. They're supporting charities like Whistle Stop and Bikers Against Child Abuse.

"It's an awesome cause. We're very excited about it and it's one of the main reasons why we came," said Johnny Doucet.

"I think people should realize a lot of motorcycle events do this type of thing. Whatever money they raise goes to charity," said Brian Young.

This combination of arts and motorcycles was certainly appeasing to the eye. While it helped create a buzz for local charities, it also raised awareness for something else.

"These events that come around, we try to use it for motorcycle awareness, safety, and getting the young people involved," said Doucet.

"We got a lot of non-riders here and as they come in and see the motorcycles they appreciate them more and learn more about the motorcycle culture," said Blanchard.

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