BARRE ART SPLASH 2021
 PEOPLES CHOICE AWARDS
WINNERS
Your top all around favorite:
#; 12    Name; Powder Hound, First Place        
 
Most Artistic:
#; 28 Name; VinCat van Gogh, First Place
 
Most Original:
#; 37     Name; POSH, First Place
 
 
Looks like the most work:
#; 12    Name; Powder Hound, First Place
Organized by the Barre Rotary Club
 
To see all four sides of all the cats, dogs & race cars please go to the story below this one.
 
 

# 1. Jason Corliss 
# 1. Jason Corliss 
# 1. Jason Corliss 
# 1. Jason Corliss 

# 2. Tuxedo Cat
# 2.   Tuxedo Cat 
# 2.   Tuxedo Cat 
# 2.   Tuxedo Cat 

# 3.   Schatzi 
# 3.   Schatzi 
# 3.   Schatzi 
# 3. Schatzi 

# 4. Henry Montandon 
# 4. Henry Montandon  
# 4. Henry Montandon 
# 4. Henry Montandon 

# 5.   Smile It's The Tooth Fairy 
Note, the handbag strap has now been replaced with a secure chain.
# 5.  Smile It's The Tooth Fairy 
# 5.   Smile It's The Tooth Fairy
# 5.  Smile It's The Tooth Fairy 

# 6 Jason Corliss 
# 6.   Jason Corliss 
# 6.   Jason Corliss 
# 6.   Jason Corliss 

# 7.  Phil Scott 
# 7   Phil Scott 
# 7.   Phil Scott 
# 7.   Phil Scott 

   # 8.   Larry Granger 
    # 8.   Larry Granger 
 # 8.   Larry Granger 
 # 8.   Larry Granger 

# 9.   Thunder Tiger 
# 9.   Thunder Tiger 
# 9.   Thunder Tiger 
#9.   Thunder Tiger 

# 10.   Fetch 
# 10 Fetch 
# 10.   Fetch 
# 10.   Fetch 

# 11 - Bobby Therrian 
# 11 - Bobby Therrian 
# 11   Bobby Therrian 
#11.   Bobby Therrian 

# 12.   Powder Hound 
# 12.   # 12.   Powder Hound 
# 12.   Powder Hound
#12.   Powder Hound 

# 13.   "Lil" Joey Laquere
# 13.   "Lil" Joey Laquere
# 13.   "Lil" Joey Laquere
# 13.   "Lil" Joey Laquere

   
# 14.   Jason Corliss 
 
 # 14.   Jason Corliss 
# 14.   Jason Corliss 
# 14.   Jason Corliss 
To see all the art items click on "Read More" at the bottom right.
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.
 
Picture at left is of cartoonist, Jeff Danziger, one of our artists.
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!
 
Cindi Griffith With Posy!
 
Allison Randall with Powder Hound.
I was born and raised in Barre, VT. Growing up I had always wanted to become a professional artist. My parents' construction business, Randall Contracting Inc., gave me my first opportunity to use painting as a way to make money. The first gig I can remember was painting the windows in their renovation of Studio Place Arts when I was 14. Graduating from Spaulding High School in 2004, I pursued a degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. I have always had a passion for fine arts, taking every opportunity to fill every elective I could with art classes. Sitting down at a computer never sparked my interests, however, and I came back to my roots as a painter for my family's construction company. Specializing in historic renovations and then also federal contracts at the Burlington courthouse, I eventually began doing my own independent painting in residential and local area businesses. I have had a lifelong connection to small business in Barre through my father and through those relationships I have been commissioned to make quite a few murals along the way. I have two large murals in the former Project Independence in Barre, and another small mural in Our House. For the last two years I have turned to a career working as a butter maker at Vermont Creamery and have left painting to remain as a hobby. Along the way I have become a mother to two amazing boys, Javion (10) and Tre'shaun (5). Motherhood has been my main focus and love, where I share my passion for art with my children every chance I get.
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.
 
 
ALL THE NITTY GRITTY!
    The BARRE ART SPLASH  project was conceived by me 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 the 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.
 
    So even though the club wasn't interested at the time I could not get the project out of my mind. I started telling friends and associates about having decorated cats on Main Street. One friend told me that he didn't like cats so I called the Cowpainters Company, the women owned company in Chicago to see if they had dogs. They did. So, that was it! Cats and dogs! At least so I thought!
 
Linda Kiniry on the right with Bernice, our very first cat. Linda decorated her for us to use as a demo to show folks what the cats would look like.
 
Then, the Past President of the Barre Paletteers, Linda Kiniry suggested race cars since Barre is home to Thunder Road, the steepest banked, quarter asphalt mile, race track in the country. Wow, I thought, late model race cars all decorated and displayed along with the cats and dogs on Main Street, how cool would that be? So, back to the Cowpainters Company to inquire about race cars. They were sorry but they did not have them, BUT, they could make them if we were willing to pay for the mold to use to build the cars. Next question, how much? After a few months of providing additional information on the race cars they quoted $4800.00.
I looked around the country but could not find any fiberglass race cars that we could use. So I put the idea on the back burner for a while.

Flash forward to the club breakfast on the Aldrich Public Library lawn on July 28, 2018. I was cooking pancakes when Governor Phil Scott stopped by and helped to cook pancakes. I told him about the project and he suggested that we build old coupe models that raced at Thunder Road, the steepest banked, quarter mile, asphalt race track in the country which opened here in Barre June 30,1960. The first cars to race were open wheeled coupes from the 30s. 
 
    Finally the club decided to go forward with the project in early 2020. Shortly after I met with Lloyd Hutchins, owner of LD Hutchins Roofing in Barre and a long time race car owner and a race car hobbyist. He provided me with pictures and other information on a 1932, Ford, 3 window, coupe he built for Thunder Road for the 1962 season. He sold the car back then and bought part of it back many years later and restored it and said it would be available to us to use to get all the measurements from with pictures to build the mold.
    Side note, there were not very many 1932 Ford, 3 window coups built. Consequently, there were only 3, 1932 Ford, 3 window coups raced at Thunder road. Of these three there were 5 drivers, the # 76 car driven by Henry Montandon, the # 13 car driven by Ronnie Marvin, Ron Hunt drove the same car as # 60 and Russ Ingerson drove the same car as # 64. The last one was the # 51 car driven by Russ Ingerson.
The # 76 car a 1932, Ford, 2 window, coupe owned by Lloyd Hutchins being measured for the mold by Mike Turner of Arcana Workshop and an employee.
 
One day Past President Eddie Rousse and I were at Wilson Woodwerkes while painting cabinets that owner Calvin Wilson had made for our "community closet", a place the club remodeled for local organizations to store emergency items for children that are placed in foster care in an emergency. Ed said that he wanted to show me The Arcana Workshop in the back of the building that was a "builder of strange things". We went out back and they had a full size, fiberglass Liberty Bell there. I immediately asked if they could build our fiberglass race cars. They said "yes". I said "fantastic, how much for the mold and the cars"? They quoted $4000.00 for the mold and we were off to find some underwriters.
Pat Malone of Malone Properties and The Community National Bank stepped up to the plate to underwrite the cost of the 1932, 3 window, Ford, coupe mold which would be used to build the cars. We were on our way! Think about it, they were going to be manufactured right here in Barre which would help to keep jobs in Barre! How great is that? smiley
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    The process for building the 1932, Ford, Coupe race cars is complicated . First, the folks from Arcana Workshop had to go to the # 76 car to measure it and take pictures. The information and the pictures was sent to a man that would use the information to build a 3D model in his computer and send the file back to the Arcana Workshop. Then they cranked up their 3D printer which took around 200 hours of printing to make a plastic car which will be used to make a mold of the car.  That mold will be used to manufacturer the fiberglass cars.
 
3D Images of the coupe
 
                        
Plastic car parts being printed by the 3D printer.
The results of the plastic car.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Club President John Steinman checks out the car.
 
                                                                                                                                     
 
 
 
 
The front end waiting for assembly on the rest of the car.
                                                           
   
                                     
 The folks at Arcana Workshop work on the plastic car getting it ready to use for the mold.                                                   
  Ted Goulet looks over the car while discussing the mounting hardware with Arcana.
 
At the same time the cars are being built we needed basses and stands to support our art items while on display on Main Street. Bob Pope of Swenson Granite stepped up to the plate early on and said they would manufacturer all the granite basses. We certainly could not use concrete basses in the Granite Center of The World!
 
Pictured to the right is a beautiful granite base..
 
Dessureau Machine Inc. made the first demo stand pictured to the right.
 
DMS Machining & Fabrication has stepped up to manufacturer all the rest of the stands including galvanizing them to make sure they last for a long time.
 
Bob Pope sent me a message saying that the Barre Oprah House was renovating and that they would like to give us all the old 2" stage pipes for our stands. What a wonderful way to re-purpose that steel! Three cheers to Bob & the Oprah House!
 
             
   
 
 
 
Our first shipment of cats & dogs from Cowpainters waiting to be picked up by artists at the Vermont Granite Museum.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
This is the beginning of the mold being poured. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The completed wheels with their molds in the background.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                       32 Ford, 3 Window, Coupe mold.     
 
 
ARCANA WORKSHOP Progress Report. November 23, 2020
Parts productions underway, first car body casting assembled with threaded rod axles as a test for our procedure. All wheels and bumpers are cast and will get some sanding to clean up. There are 4 car parts, 1 assembled as noted. Last items to be molded are the steel frame pieces that run along either side of the car. With the fiberglass bodies, they are being made one each day, that is due to the cure time of the epoxy resin we are using to laminate the fiberglass cloth with. Unlike regular resin (polyester based), it is pretty slow to cure, but offers stronger, more durable parts.
Mike Turner displaying the bottom of the coupe in the mold.
Fiberglas 32, Ford Coupes Waiting Final Assembly!
Great engine detail for the old flat head V8!   I think thre is some dirt in one of those air cleaners!
All the wheels pictured. It is hard to tell but the back wheels are larger then the front ones and the passenger side front one protrudes out farther then the Drivers side one. This is because the Thunder Road track is so steep on the corners!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Meanwhile back at the shop Arcana is starting to print the 3D parts for the late model race car.
 
STAY TUNED!
 
UNDERWRITERS
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.
 
       FAMILY OF BOB & SHIRLEY LORD
 
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.
                                                                                                                                                      
 
CONTRIBUTORS
                                                                        
  
 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