February 6, 2007

Art chairs for charity

Local artists are busy creating colorfully decorated chairs that will raise money for Sparrow Clubs of Central Oregon. This year’s batch of chairs for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Chair-ity project soon will be on display around the community and ready for bids.
Art students at Redmond High School and the International School of the Cascades are painting 18 of the chairs this month. Artists in the community will decorate another three to eight chairs.
“I like the project because it makes a practical use of painting and design skills. I think the kids like it because it's a new application, and they get to approach a familiar technique in a new way,” said Ethan Stelzer, whose advanced art students at RHS are painting five chairs.
The ISC 10th grade class is busy on 13 chairs.
“It’s a good project for them because they learn how to plan a design for a three-dimensional object and build knowledge and skill of color theory, color mixing and paint application,” said their teacher Susan Shayegi.
Redmond High School -- and the International School of the Cascades in particular -- have developed goals to get students to participate in community service, Shayegi said. The chair project helps broaden their understanding of what community service can be, in addition to car washes and bake sale fundraisers.
Now that the project is in its third year, current students remember seeing past chairs on display in businesses around town and are excited that theirs will be on display as well, she said.
The goal is to have the chairs on display in local business the entire month of March, so the public can place silent bids, said Joann Wheeler, GFWC member.
This is the third year for the project. The first year the event raised $1,000. Last year the amount rose to more than $2,000, Wheeler said, with the highest bid for a chair coming in at $225. All of the proceeds benefit Sparrow Clubs.
Wheeler said she’s pleased at the growth of the event.
“We’ve been able to make a difference,” she said.

--Trish Pinkerton

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