The BARRE ART SPLASH AUCTION & GALA is Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Vermont Granite Museum of Barre.
3 PM Preview & Free Hors d'oeuvres With a Cash Bar.
4 PM Live Auction of 37 fabulous art items, cats, dog, & race cars. Minimum bid is $500.00.
Different types of real cars will be outside on display starting at 1 PM.
$20.00 per person with tickets at the door.
If you can't come to the live auction you can bid on-line on a Zoom call. You must contact us by midnight September 17, 2021 to pre register to bid this way. You will be able to see the auctioneer & he will be able to see you on our TV during our live auction.
You will be assigned a bidding number when you register for the on-line auction. Please print this number on an 8.5 X 11" white paper to hold in front of your camera when you want to bid. Contact Karl A. Rinker at or 802.479.0124 to register or for more information.
You will need to give us your name, address, phone number & credit card information at that time.
Shipping will be the responsibility of the buyer. Art items can be picked up at the museum at a later date or we can ship them to you.
You can also bid in advance if you can not attend the live auction or do not want to bid on-line by downloading our "off-premise bidding form" on this site.
Check back on this story after September 1, 2021 for more information about the art items.
Art items can be seen now by viewing two stories below.
1.   Artists decorating cats & dogs
2.   Artists decorating race cars.
Sponsored by The Barre Rotary Club
In collaboration with the Barre Paletteers
PO Box 167
Barre, VT 05641
Cats, Dogs and Thunder Road Race Cars Are Coming to Barre
This is the first year that The Barre Rotary Club is doing this new and exciting fund-raising project.  We hope it is successful and that it continues every year on the main street of Barre.
Make plans to host a decorated fiberglass cat, dog or Thunder Road race car for the summer of 2021. They will be available for as little as $550.00 and will be decorated by well-known artists as well as The Paletteers of Vermont. Cats, dogs and race cars will be on display from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend on North Main Street in beautiful downtown Barre and will be auctioned off on September 18, 2021 at 3 PM at The Barre Art Splash Auction & Gala at The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre.
Note; Race cars will be a 1932, Ford, Three Window, Coupe from Thunder Road & Ford & Chevy late-models.
The following artists are decorating old 32, Ford, Three Window Coupes that raced at Thunder Road in the 60's and late model cars that race their today.
They have spent many, many hours researching the history, the drivers, the colors & the details of the cars and then of course, decorating them!
Some artists were asked to decorate their art item with a certain theme requested by the sponsor and others just let their creative juices flow!
You can see them with their art item before they decorated it and when they are done with the completed item.
The picture at the top left is of the # 76 car with the driver, Henry Montandon and the owner, lloyd Hutchins. Hutchins provided the refurbished car for us to make the models.
These people, businesses and organizations have sponsored one or more art items, cats, dogs & race cars.
Their name will be on a plaque on each art item displayed on Main Street from Memorial day through Labor Day in the summer of 2021 as well as on the map indicating where each art item is located.
The art item that they have sponsored is listed after their name.
Then the art items will be auctioned off at the Vermont Granite Museum September 18, 2021 at 3 PM.
 The BARRE ART SPLASH  project was conceived when I was traveling through Catskill, NY in the summer of 2017 where they had dozens of fiberglass cats on display on their Main Street which were decorated by many different artists and then auctioned off right after labor day.  I decided to present the project to our Rotary club as a major fund raiser hoping to replace the funding that the club Home Show provided for over 50 years. It was a tough sell! There didn't seem to be much interest in the project at the time.
One of the Catskill cats with my Grandson, Owen on the trip.
Without the underwriters below , we would have never been able to have done this exciting art project.
We wish to thank them from the bottom of our heart.
Lloyd Hutchins provided the original # 76, 1932 Ford, 3 Window , Coupe race car for us to make the mold from as well as a ton of other information to help with the race car portion of the project.
The original car will be on display at the BARRE ART SPLASH auction in the Vermont Granite Museum September 18 at 3 PM.
For the 1932, Ford, 3 Window, Coupe, Thunder Road Race Car mold.
For the late model Thunder Road race car mold. 
      SWENSON GRANITE                                         DMS MACHINING & FABRICATION
For all the beautiful granite bases. For all the wonderful steel stands.
 A special thank you to, Landon Maxham at Cody's for spraying the clear coat on all art items.
Merrill & Merrill Cleaning Services
Barre Opera House
Dave Simpson
Paul Zampieri
Mark Austin