Sponsors sought for Chair’ity Auction

By: Leona Reber Special to The News Messenger
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“Lincoln Arts really needs local businesses to step forward and get behind the upcoming Art and Chair’ity Auction as our local artists have,” said Claudia Renati, executive director of the local non-profit agency. “There are two ways that business owners can take part — by becoming cash donors and by displaying the artist-decorated chairs in their businesses. Having the chairs in store windows or inside businesses is good for us and also for business, as is becoming a donor, since Lincoln Arts will be thanking those who help in all of their publicity. “People will come in to see these wonderful chairs and perhaps make a purchase when they do,” she continued. “If they don’t purchase right away, the art lovers of our community will remember those who helped when they do need to buy a gift or something for themselves – so, in the end, we all win.” Antique chairs were donated by Joanne Neft of Persimmon Café, which uses only PlacerGrown produce and fruits and vegetables. Neft has been a longtime advocate for local farmers and their produce, sponsoring farmer’s markets and speaking out on behalf of healthy, PlacerGrown produce whenever she has had a chance. The auction will be held in the Pavilion in McBean Park from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Forty-eight chairs will be available, painted in many different styles. Some of the 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. A few of the chairs are in the gallery at 580 Sixth St., and others will show up at City Hall, Persimmon Cafe, the Arts Building in Auburn, and other local businesses on the first of October. Art has been coming in for weeks for the silent auction. “I can barely move in my office for all of the art,” Renati said. “But I’m certainly not complaining. We are so grateful to all of the fine artists who are supporting this event. They have come through for us far more than we imagined they would.” Music for the event will be provided by Kirby DeShay and Cold Sweat. These high-energy musicians are joined by a common love of good-time, old- school rock, Motown soul and classic blues. The members of the band are some of the Sacramento area’s finest and most versatile musicians. Tickets for the gala, which will include the music, two auctions — a live auction for the painted chairs and a silent auction of other artwork — a no-host bar featuring premium wine and beer, and an array of catered hors d’oeuvres, are on sale now for $25 per person or two for $40. Lincoln Arts 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 a month away.” For more information about the auction or to purchase tickets, call the gallery at 645-9713.