Chair’ity art auction to raise funds for Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation

By: Leona Reber Special to The News Messenger
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The Chair’ity art auction, a fundraiser for Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Friday. The event is the first of its kind to be held in Lincoln. “We thought we would try to give the community something new and fun to attend while raising much-needed funds for our gallery,” said Lincoln Arts Executive Director Claudia Renati. “It is not only an art auction. It is two auctions – a live one, with a fast-talking and humorous host, and a silent one, plus live music by Kirby Deshay and Cold Sweat. There will also be an array of delectable hors d’ oeuvres and a no-host bar with fine wine and beer. A good time should be had by all.” More than 50 artists have donated work – both two- and three-dimensional – for the inaugural event. “Our local artists have been quite generous with their creations,” Renati said. “We were pleasantly surprised and pleased at how many of them answered our call for artists – and with such unusual and fantastic pieces.” Most of the artwork that has been donated has been from local artists, but, there have been donations made from as far away as Colorado. Matted and framed photographs by well-known transportation photographer Robert Rynerson are part of the silent auction. Rynerson’s photographs were featured in a 2008 Lincoln Arts gallery show and, to thank the local arts organization for introducing his work to a new audience, he donated two pieces for the auction. Rynerson’s work has been published in several books and magazines, as well as being featured in museums in Europe. He is a world traveler who, since his teens, has always had his camera slung around his neck, and his artist’s eye on the lookout for a well-framed shot. A life-long train buff, most of his photographs have trains as their subject matter. The auction action should be brisk Friday evening, with so much wonderful art to choose from. Those who have an art collection may be able to add to it for a bargain price and those who have yet to begin collecting can begin here. There are sculptures, oil paintings, watercolors, jewelry, a gift set with a crystal decanter filled with aged premium Japanese whiskey (usually reserved for diplomats and other important visitors to Japan) and, of course, the chairs. Fifty antique chairs have been donated by Joanne Neft of Lincoln’s Persimmon Café. The wooden chairs were adopted by local artists and painted and decorated in a myriad of styles and media. The chairs have been turning up at public buildings, banks, restaurants, businesses, and galleries throughout Lincoln and Placer County for the past month, giving patrons a sneak preview of the Chair’ity auction to come. “We hope that the community will come out and support us,” Renati said. “When they do, all of us will be winners.” Tickets for the event are available at the Lincoln Arts gallery at 580 Sixth St. and at the door of the McBean Park Pavilion. They are $25 per person or two for $40. Lincoln Arts members receive a 20 percent discount. All monies raised will help provide the Lincoln Arts shows, classes, concerts, and other events that Lincoln residents have enjoyed for more than 20 years. To find out if your favorite artist has donated a piece, or for more information about the upcoming auctions call the gallery at 645-9713.