The hip new gallery at 1901 Royal St., Hyph3n-Art, recently paired up with Crescent City Vintage Motorcycle Club for the debut of “Up Throttle Art.” The show featured a collection of creative helmet art fashioned by area artists to support the mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation — Save Our Lake.

In all, about a dozen helmets were showcased on an extensive silent auction menu that included a collection of both photography and prints, all with a biker theme. The Transportation Revolution donated all of the helmets to the artists for a show that certainly was unique event — even by New Orleans standards.

Throughout the afternoon and into the night, curious art lovers and biker aficionados sauntered through the gallery taking in the art scene inside and the show outside on Royal Street in the Marigny neighborhood. Libations for the event were a collaborative affair between the famed R-Bar located directly across the street and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. Catering chef Erik Jacobsen offered up a menu of tasty “ road food” small plates, which included sweet and spicy buffalo wings, lamb sliders and handmade crawfish empanadas that I just couldn’t get enough of.

Putting his spin on things outside the gallery was local DJ James “Uncle Jim” Keen. As one would expect at an event like this, vintage bikes were everywhere and, like flies to honey, so were the many spectators who couldn’t resist a close-up glimpse.

But the helmets were really the star of this show and Hyph3n-Art owner and gallery Director Carly Hammond expected to raise enough from the show and auction to support the important work of LPBF and Save Our Lake.

“If we meet our targeted goal of $3,000 by closing tonight, our first ‘Up Throttle Art’ show will be a success,” Hammond said. “As a gallery owner, I am committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that positively impact our city. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is an important steward of our environment, and we’re very pleased to support their efforts with this event.”

Crescent City Vintage Motorcycle Club co-founders J.Z. Mouton and Sam Lango both echoed support for the work of LPBF. The club is already planning its next fundraising venture tentatively slated for late September. The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride through the streets of New Orleans this fall will support medical research for the prevention and cure of testicular cancer.

Gallery Hyph3n-Art is rooted in New Orleans and is committed to showcasing dynamic new artists while revisiting the works of modern masters from across the globe. In addition to exhibitions, Hyph3n-Art also houses a one-of-a-kind art press division and manages an art-share program that houses artists on-site while they are exhibiting their work in New Orleans.

The young gallery plans to produce quarterly fundraising events in edition to its scheduled art exhibitions. For details and information on Hyph3n-Art, visit www.hyph3n.com.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is dedicated to preserving the waters and habitat of the Pontchartrain Basin throughout 16 Louisiana parishes. The nonprofit organization is the people’s advocate and is dedicated through education and research to preserving our waterways and coastlines for generations to come.

To learn about LPBF, visit www.saveourlake.org.

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