Chair’ity event artists working hard to make fundraiser a success

By: Leona Reber Special to The News Messenger
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The upcoming Art Auction and Chair’ity event, which is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the McBean Park Pavilion, is beginning to take shape in a big way. Only eight of the 50 antique chairs that were donated by Joanne Neft of the Persimmon Café have yet to be claimed by artists. A few have even completed their creations, which are currently on display at the Lincoln Arts gallery at 580 Sixth St. The Zebra chair by Jean Cross is one of those that have been completed. Cross has two more that she plans to paint. An Americana chair, “Home is Where the Heart is” by Suzanne Schmidt, is also in the gallery, as well as the Hibiscus Chair, a flower-bedecked creation by artist Joann Erlin. “Our local artists have supported us incredibly,” said Claudia Renati, executive director of the non-profit group. “We have been surprised at how quickly the chairs have been claimed. Some have even taken more than one. We only have eight left at the gallery, so if any artists want to take part, they must act quickly or they will be left out.” Artists who want to paint a chair and have been dragging their feet can come into the gallery and fill out a form and take one home to paint in their own unique style. Artists who paint chairs will receive complimentary tickets for admission and drinks. Completed chairs must be returned to the gallery by Sept. 26. They will then be displayed at City Hall, Lincoln Arts, the Placer County Arts Council in Auburn and the Persimmon Café. “Other local businesses who would like to display a chair or two in their windows are welcome to call us,” Renati said. “We’d love to have more of them around town.” Artists who have claimed chairs to paint include Marlin Anderson, Joann Erlin, Tommy Moller, Jean Cross, Joan Jordan, Daniel Mendoza, Mike Thomas, Sarah Bietz, Pam Bietz, Sherri Melchper, Jennifer Lichtenstein, Hannah Griffeth, Suzanne Schmidt, Marilyn Haupert, Rebecca Tattle, Jennifer Pereira, JoAnn Erlin, Joan Jordan, Caroline Shenassi, Marlin Anderson, Carlos Alcata, Jean Cross, Cynthia L. Sopka Kurrell, Josephine Quirarte, Patricia Doolittle, Kalin Lippsmeyer, Joan Arnest, Laura Healey and Bettie Franke. Tickets for the gala event, which will include a live auction for the painted chairs, a silent auction of other artwork, live music, a no-host bar featuring premium wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres, are on sale now for $25 per person or two for $40. Members receive a 20 percent discount. All proceeds will go to support Lincoln Arts programs. “We feel that this is a unique event that is sure to be crowded,” Renati said. “We’re all beginning to get excited about it already even though it is more than a month away.” For more information about the auction or to purchase tickets, call the gallery at 645-9713.