Cruise in the Gap

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

September 13, 2013

On Saturday, Cumberland Gap will be hosting its annual “Cruise In” event. The event will begin at 4 p.m. There will be hot rods and motorcycles present for all to see. The event is part of the Second Saturday events held in the town from spring to Christmas.

There will be music, square dancing and the movie Thunder Road will be shown in the festival park at 8:30 p.m. Organizer Steve Moore said those who attend should bring a chair.

Music will begin at 5 p.m. and square dancing will follow at 6:30 p.m. During square dancing, there will be an individual present to show the steps.

“I think it’s going to be a great time,” said Moore.

Artist Jim “CA’s” Caswell will also be at the event in the LMU Convention Center.

“His paintings are photo realistic,” said Moore.

Caswell is an automotive and southwestern artist. This will be his first time doing an event in Cumberland Gap. For the past couple of years he attended Fun Fest in Kingsport.

“I’m tickled to death,” said Caswell.

The 70-year-old artist has over 40 paintings of different sizes. All of his art is hand-painted.

“When you see them you will flip backwards and stick on the wall,” said Caswell.

Caswell said he stretches his own canvas and builds his own frames. Instead of using expensive paint, he said he uses 99 cent patio paint.

Caswell started painting around the time hot rod art was just beginning. He said he learned how to paint on his own.

“It’s just a natural ability,” said Caswell. “Once you learn the technique, it’s easy as pie.”

Caswell said he also stripes cars and designs shirts.

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