The guild's members operate the
The variety in the seating objects-turned-art range from newly handmade works to recycled wares that have been given a whole new life and splash of color. See them at the gallery,
Question -- How did this innovative way to meld creativity and recyclability with art for a good cause come to light?
Answer -- We have seen these events in many areas of the country and the world. CHAIR-ity is a very popular way to help people, and a great deal of fun for the participants.
Q. -- Was it easy to elicit donations from the guild's artists?
A. -- After presentation of the idea to them, they were very excited. It's a fun project for us to do. I'm normally a painter; I do landscapes or people. The idea of decorating a chair was a fun project. We had so much fun finding the pieces we're doing it with; we found them in flea markets, attics, and we had friends donate things. You would be surprised where we found some of these things. ...
Everyone has created a work of art. They are all signed, and they all have a name. ... And each piece will have a picture of what the object looked like before we started the work, so you can see it "before and after."
Q. -- How many seats make up this extravaganza, and what's the range of objects?
A. -- We will probably get maybe 50 pieces; they're starting to come into the gallery now [as of Thursday]. ... They were big projects for some people who have never done this sort of thing before, working with wood, metal or whatever material they chose. Some of the pieces were old and very difficult to work with. They range in size from dollhouse furniture to adult-size objects. We have rocking horses, children's chairs, a little wagon, a high chair ... all very creative.
Q. -- How many youth benefit from the gallery's
A. -- This year, we provided three scholarships ... We have been providing these scholarships for three years now.
It's part of our mission to expose young people to the fine arts in any way we can, and we also wanted outreach to arts in the community. It's also why we got involved with Help 4 Kids; this is our first fundraiser for them.
Q. -- Speaking of another way to help the Cushman fund, how did the visit from
A. -- We have an artist who resides in
Q. -- How fun is this monthlong lead-in to Seacoast's "Art in Common" festival
A. -- After the silent auction
Q. -- What made you so happy about the process to paint and decorate two rocking horses?
A. -- They're both girls, with eyelashes and flirty eyes, with manes and ribbons, of course. I even gave them names. The zebra is "Zena," and the other is "Bella" -- she's sort of themed after a carousel horse. ... That rocking horse was created by
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