By Stacy Parker
Brandon Costa rode his restored vintage motorcycle to work, then another one, then another one.
When all was said and done, he had ridden 10 motorcycles from his Shadowlawn home to Nivel Moto & Art Gallery, which he owns, and they all stayed there. They're parked on the showroom floor, on display and for sale.
"It was an easy move-in," he said.
Nivel Moto & Art Gallery will showcase its blending of restored vintage motorcycles and alternative art with an exhibit, "VB Subculture Art Show," from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. It will feature local artists' work on skateboard decks, surfboards and more. The work will remain on display and for sale through Oct. 23.
Costa, who also owns Costa Designs, a graphic design/marketing company, is passionate about surfing and vintage motorcycles. He opened the gallery at 301 25th St. in May with his bike collection and art, and procured helmets, T-shirts and more.
"I was looking to support the local art scene," he said. "I've got the means and space to display it."
On a recent morning, John Crane of Chesapeake entered the gallery with his family because he saw the motorcycles through the large glass storefront windows that face Pacific Avenue... Read more