Feb 082011
 



Pontiac, Ill. — The design for a new mural in downtown Pontiac was approved by the City Council at its meeting Monday night.

The mural, which will be located on the west side of the Encore Shoppe building, was originally scheduled to be designed by the renowned Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. However, Waldmire died in late 2009 before he could complete the mural. The mural just approved will now honor Waldmire and incorporate his likeness and his work into the overall design.

The mural will be finished and dedicated during the the annual Red Carpet Corridor celebration on Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-8 2011.

Ellie Alexander of the city’s Tourism Bureau asked the council’s persmission to commission a mural depicting the last art work of Waldmire. Waldmire’s family donated his two vehicles, a bus which is located behind the Route 66 museum, and a Volkswagen van, located inside the museum.

The 66-foot-long mural will be made up of 16 panels, most 8-feet-high, except the three last panels to the south, which will be several feet higher.

Diaz Sign Art was given $15,000 to complete the project. Like the WallDog murals of 2009, Pontiac residents and area artists will be invited to paint some of the mural as well.

Copyright 2011 Pontiac Daily Leader.

Jan 312011
 

Pontiac IL will dedicate its Red Carpet Corridor Festival to the memory of a Route 66 icon, the late Bob Waldmire.

The festival, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, will include the painting of a mural designed by Waldmire, tours of the Waldmire school bus mobile home, a fine arts show and sale on the Livingston County Courthouse Square and a display of some of the classic cars that will be included in the new Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center.

Waldmire was born near Springfield in 1945 and died in December 2009. His passion for Route 66 began in 1962 when his parents took the entire family on a motoring trip to California via Route 66.

He later spent the rest of his life traveling along Route 66 in either his school bus mobile home or 1972 Volkswagen van. Both the van and the school bus are on display in Pontiac at the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Pontiac. During the Red Carpet Festival, the Waldmire school bus home will be opened to the public for the first time.

Waldmire supported his nomadic and eclectic lifestyle by painting and drawing for clients along Route 66, the “Mother Road.” His artwork is famous worldwide and Pontiac has one of his Route 66 road maps painted inside the Route 66 Museum.

During this year’s festival, Waldmire’s last commissioned mural project will be painted. He was asked to design and paint a mural for downtown Pontiac, but his illness prevented him from completing that task. Instead, he designed the mural and the public will be invited to come downtown during the festival to help paint the 66-foot map of the entirety of Route 66. The Diaz family, owners of Diaz Sign Art, will oversee the project.

In keeping with the festival’s theme of art and the Mother Road, the Livingston County Courthouse Square will be the scene of an art show and sale. Artists from around the Midwest, including some Walldogs, will display and sell original art.

For more information, contact Ellie Alexander, director of Pontiac Tourism, at 815-844-5847.

Jan 062011
 

The Route 66 Association of Illinois – Winter Quarterly Meeting on Sun. January 16, 2011

The Illinois folks are having their first association meeting of 2011 and if you are ANYWHERE near Pontiac, stop in and see what these folks d0 to preserve Route 66 throughout Illinois.

I call them ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to preservation, tours, awards, and information of all the other states along the route.

Stop in and you will see why!

Meeting informtion:

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Winter Quarterly Meeting – Pontiac, IL

10:00 AM – Board Meeting
12:00 PM – Lunch Break (on your own)
1:00 PM – General Meeting
Motor Tour Meeting follows General Meeting
Pontiac City Hall – 115 W. Howard St., Pontiac

Sep 192010
 

A trip down Route 66 consisting of (8) Micro-Cars started in Santa Monica and ended in downtown Chicago.
This is a small clip of one of the guys who was in the group. Most of the footage was shot in Dwight, Odell, and Pontiac IL.

I actually saw these guys coming into Bloomington, IL (from the south of course) and could not turn around in time to catch up with them – I wish I did!!

Click the link below to watch the video.
Micro-Cars on Route 66

May 112010
 

Most of the people who were able to drive Route 66, or read about Pontiac IL – knows that this town is known for the Route 66 Museum, and their Murals!

I took a little time a few weeks ago to drive through town and checked out most (if not all) of these murals and it truly was a sight to see. The town did such a great job in planning this and the work is second to none.

Instead of posting a few dozen pictures – I will just have you go to their WEBSITE.
This really is a MUST SEE for anyone driving Route 66 – or who just want to get away and see some small town charm and GREAT artwork!