Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Cars as Art Attracts Beach Visitors to Art League of Marco

Photos by Scott H. Shook | Dave Rice’s 1936 Ford Deluxe Pickup turned a lot of heads at the Cars as Art car show at the Art League of Marco.


From Wanda Coady’s 1906 Cadillac.

The Art League of Marco sits just a block from the section of Marco Beach that’s home to the Islands hotels and timeshare resorts. Event organizers Jack and Clair Keery took that into consideration when they were promoting this year’s Cars as an Art show, held Saturday at the Art League. 

“We went to all of the hotels and timeshares on the beach and told them about the show,” Jack Keery said. “I’m pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd that has shown up today.” 

A beautifully cool late fall day greeted attendees to the show, many of who appeared to have walked over from resorts on the beach. 

The day was bittersweet for Jack Keery, who was displaying his 1949 MG TC, back on the road after a lengthy restoration. The bitter part is that his wife hadn’t even seen their “new” car yet. She was forced to stay home with bronchitis.  

“It’s the first time it’s been on the road in 2 and a half years,” Keery remarked. “My wife hasn’t seen it yet. She said, ’Show it, then bring it home and show me.’ 

“We bought this car in the early 1970s and restored it then. My wife used this car a lot. She drove it in road rallies; drove it shopping. It got a little shabby and needed a paint job. We did all the upholstery.”  

Bill Young provided two of the highlights of the showhis 1932 Ford Roadster and his 2010 Spyker. Both cars won awards—the Roadster won 2nd place as the Peoples Choice and the Spyker won 1st place in the Artist Choice category.



Bill Young’s 1932 Ford was voted 2nd place in the People’s Choice category.

George and Jan Connell won 1st place in the Peoples Choice category with their 1967 Volkswagen Transporter. 

Steve VanBlarcom, who owns and operates a street rod garage in Wallingford, CT, was showing his 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air. While he has owned over twenty 1955 Chevy Bel Air models, this is his first 1956. 

“Out of the whole Tri-5s, I had at least twenty 55s.” Steve said the Tri-5 designation is given to the 3 years of Chevrolet automobiles from 1955-1957. “I cut at least five 1957 Chevys up as stock cars,” he said with a laugh. “They made a lot of these cars and you could buy them cheap out of the junkyards.” 

As Sharon Stone, on vacation from Winchester Massachusetts, was having her picture taken with his car, VanBlarcom regaled her with a story about the color turquoise that he used to paint the car. 

“The original color was much lighter than this,” VanBlarcom told Stone. “When I did this car over, I wanted the car to pop a little more than it did. The name of that color in the computer is Steve’s 56. It’s got a lot more blue in the turquoise. It’s got a brighter white, too.” 

“Thank you for representing my birth year so wonderfully,” Stone said to VanBlarcom. Stone and her husband Roger were staying at the Marriott Crystal Shores timeshare.  

Islander Bruce Eilenberger was sitting next to his beautiful blue 1969 Pontiac GTO, enjoying the sunshine. He had just driven the car to the show from his home on Marco“Literally, it’s the furthest this car has been driven since 1994. That’s about two-and-a-half miles, maybe. It ran pretty good,” Eilenberger said with a laugh.



  • Bill Young – 2010 Spyker – 1st Place, Artist Choice 
  • George and Jan Connell - 1967 Volkswagen Transporter – 1st Place, Peoples Choice 
  • Bill Young – 1932 Ford – 2nd Place, Peoples Choice 
  • Dave Lehotan – 1958 Corvette – 3rd Place, Peoples Choice 

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