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  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville holds a photo of one of his sold sculptures, "The Immigrant." Grenier has been making his sculptures for over a decade, and is an active member of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville holds a photo of one of his sold sculptures, "The Immigrant." Grenier has been making his sculptures for over a decade, and is an active member of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville uses old metal, found items and colorful paint to create his sculptures. Grenier is part of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony, and has been one of the Colony's members for 15 years.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville uses old metal, found items and colorful paint to create his sculptures. Grenier is part of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony, and has been one of the Colony's members for 15 years. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • One of Noel Grenier's German Shepherds stands by his sculptures. Grenier chops firewood out in Harrisville, and he uses any remaining daylight after the workday to create his sculptures out of recycled machinery and metal.

    One of Noel Grenier's German Shepherds stands by his sculptures. Grenier chops firewood out in Harrisville, and he uses any remaining daylight after the workday to create his sculptures out of recycled machinery and metal. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville stands by one of his heavy pieces of machinery. Grenier has spent his whole life building and creating things, and now in his spare time he creates sculptures out of recycled materials.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville stands by one of his heavy pieces of machinery. Grenier has spent his whole life building and creating things, and now in his spare time he creates sculptures out of recycled materials. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Two "bone-o-saurus" sculptures made by Harrisville resident Noel Grenier sit outside of his barn on Bonds Corner Road. The sculptures, which are made out of metal and old dog bones, are two of Grenier's many creations that have earned him membership with the Friends of Dublin Art Colony.

    Two "bone-o-saurus" sculptures made by Harrisville resident Noel Grenier sit outside of his barn on Bonds Corner Road. The sculptures, which are made out of metal and old dog bones, are two of Grenier's many creations that have earned him membership with the Friends of Dublin Art Colony. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Friends of Dublin Art Colony member and Harrisville resident Noel Grenier holds one of his sculptures. Grenier uses old metal, recycled parts and bright paint to create his metal creatures, a hobby he pursues after his workday is finished.

    Friends of Dublin Art Colony member and Harrisville resident Noel Grenier holds one of his sculptures. Grenier uses old metal, recycled parts and bright paint to create his metal creatures, a hobby he pursues after his workday is finished. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

    Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville holds a photo of one of his sold sculptures, "The Immigrant." Grenier has been making his sculptures for over a decade, and is an active member of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville creates sculptures out of recycled items at the end of his work day. Here sits "Talking Heads," a creation incorporating flattened shovels with faces drawn by blow-torch. Grenier's work has been featured several times in the Friends of Dublin Art Colony Art Tour.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville uses old metal, found items and colorful paint to create his sculptures. Grenier is part of the Friends of Dublin Art Colony, and has been one of the Colony's members for 15 years.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • One of Noel Grenier's German Shepherds stands by his sculptures. Grenier chops firewood out in Harrisville, and he uses any remaining daylight after the workday to create his sculptures out of recycled machinery and metal.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville stands by one of his heavy pieces of machinery. Grenier has spent his whole life building and creating things, and now in his spare time he creates sculptures out of recycled materials.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Two "bone-o-saurus" sculptures made by Harrisville resident Noel Grenier sit outside of his barn on Bonds Corner Road. The sculptures, which are made out of metal and old dog bones, are two of Grenier's many creations that have earned him membership with the Friends of Dublin Art Colony.
  • Friends of Dublin Art Colony member and Harrisville resident Noel Grenier holds one of his sculptures. Grenier uses old metal, recycled parts and bright paint to create his metal creatures, a hobby he pursues after his workday is finished.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.
  • Noel Grenier of Harrisville has been making things all his life. After he finished chopping and selling wood for the day, he creates sculptures out of recycled items. Grenier is a member of the Friends of Dublin Arts Colony, and has participated in their art tour for over a decade.

For some, retirement means rest, no work, a break. For Noel Grenier, it simply means a shift in how he lives, how he creates.

The 76-year-old Harrisville resident spends his days chopping cord wood and his free time welding together lively, colorful, and yet rough sculptures out of recycled metal, machinery parts and wood. The sculptures have earned Grenier a spot with the Friends of Dublin Art Colony, where he has been a member for over a decade.

Grenier’s artistic pursuits are just a continuation of what he has done his whole life: making things. Grenier grew up with a handy father and an artistic mother, who “were always busy doing something with their hands.” Grenier went on to work in computer manufacturing in Massachusetts and also in countries like France, Germany, Scotland and China before retiring back to Harrisville and his wood-chopping business.

Now, with inspiration from his artist-wife Christine Destrempes and with whatever daylight remains after he finishes work, Grenier makes his sculptures. Grenier said in a recent interview that he usually doesn’t go into a sculpture with a plan. “It depends on my materials,” he said. “I take what I have and then I make it.”

Whatever Grenier creates, his sculptures are sure to have personality, color, life, and most importantly, their own name. “To me, they’re almost like a being,” he said.

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