Randy Blair spent about $5,000 more to bedeck his car in glass than on the $15,000 car itself. "I was trying to make something that's as pretty as my wife, but I'm still not there," he told people admiring his art car, a four-year work in progress. He and his wife, Wanda, drove the centerpiece from Houston to Dallas to showcase it at the three-day CityArts festival in Fair Park.
Blair won awards for "Participants' Choice" and "Daily Driver" at last weekend's Houston Art Car Parade, where he met Paulette Perlman, whose art car was parked next to his in Fair Park. Perlman drove her miracle-themed art car from Panama City, Florida. She began painting the vehicle shortly after the double-whammy of losing her job as a bank courier and witnessing the Gulf oil spill. "I was like, 'What am I going to do?'" Perlman says, "So I painted my car, and the car is all about miracles and the things that we do have."
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