With his first creation, an angel welded together out of scrap motorcycle parts, James “Dirt” Dorner, owner of ArtByDirt, has been able to raise over $11,000. The angel was first auctioned off at a local toy run, and was returned and auctioned several times over since then.
When the community Dirt lives in saw the great things he was able to accomplish with his scrap metal statues, friends and local business started to contribute their leftover motorcycle parts. Over the years, Dirt’s motorcycle art has raised more than $100,000 for benefits and causes such as veterans, children, cancer benefits, family hardship, no-kill shelters and more.
Dirt has created more than 1,000 pieces of motorcycle art, each one made slightly different and all from the heart. “I believe God gave me a gift. If I don’t do good with it, I am just wasting it,” says Dirt.
With his growing success and popularity, he has been a featured artist two years in a row in at the in Milwaukee MDA Black-N-Blue Ball and has been invited to perform live welding at a handful of Harley-Davidson dealerships.
Three years ago, J&P Cycles discovered ArtByDirt and donated a load of damaged motorcycle parts toward Dirt’s motorcycle art. That donation, among many others like local motorcycle shops, Harley-Davidson dealerships and friends, has allowed Dirt to continue to use his motorcycle art to raise money for these great causes.
This year, Dirt will be live welding on site at J&P Cycles 36th annual Open House Rally. You’ll be able to watch as he creates his masterpieces, will which also be available for bids at our silent auction. All proceeds for the silent auction will go to the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
If you’re in eastern Iowa the weekend of June 27-28, be sure to cruise in to the Open House Rally for two days of live music, stunt shows, live welding by DirtByArt, 100 of motorcycle parts vendors and more.
Praying Angel success story:
Jeff Sigwarth’s 4-year-old niece was diagnosed with stage three liver cancer. Jeff organized a benefit and motorcycle ride, bands and an auction. Through that, Jeff encountered James “Dirt” Dorner, who Jeff learned creates symbolic creations out of Harley parts. Dirt claimed that one of the creations in particular had an uncanny ability to help children overcome their ailments, called the “Praying Angel.” After finding out Savanna needed surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, Dirt dedicated himself to completing it and delivered the finished creation the night before the surgery. Jeff lives next to the Archdiocese of Dubuque and asked the Archbishop to bless the Angel, and the Angel was placed by Savanna’s bedside shortly before surgery. The doctor’s goal was to remove at least 80% of the tumor to be a success. Following surgery, Savanna was miraculously claimed to be cancer free by the surgeons.