But if his work can help local organizations, then it's just an added bonus for him, Espey said.
The event was a way to raise money and awareness for the
The artists decorated old chairs from the building's attic. About 75 visitors attended the vent, which featured about a dozen chairs on display in the first floor of the house.
Live music by
But Espey had a chair that was interactive.
His chair titled, "American Dream," depicted what Espey though a child envisioned for his or her future with the look of a house in the suburbs, with flip page books at the arms of the chair.
"If a child daydreamed the American dream, this is what it might look like," Espey said. "It tells the story of a fairytale."
Espey grew up a sports lover and professional hockey player, and about 10 years ago got into art as a way to channel a different kind of emotion while recovering from alcoholism, he said.
"I just thought, 'What will I do with myself now?' and got into art," Espey said.
His first piece became a poster for the
The museum building,
Cifelli said the library's goal was to raise
Money raised Saturday will primarily help pay for restoration to the inside of the structure, which sustained damage after it was lifted last month during a separate renovation phase. Additional monies will help fund the library/historical museum, branches in
"People take it for granted, but it's a gem in our community," Cifelli said.
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