Locations for Chair-ity for Children chairs

• “Here For the Beer” by Chris Michaelis, 7th Street Brew House

• “Into the Shade of the Wisteria” by Michelle Oberg, One Street Down

• “Time to Re Wine” by Joann Wheeler, Diego’s Spirited Kitchen

• “Till This Night” by Gina Burk, The Blvd

• “On Dangerous Seas” by K.C. Snider, Herringbone Books

• “Far, Far Away” by Dalanie & Melanie Bills, Salon Bliss

• “Mushroom Hunter” by Erin Wanamaker, Coho Coffee

• “Go Hawks” by Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs, Wild Ride Brewing

• “Therapy Chair” by Tessa Bailey, Diana Barker of Windermere

• “Life is Brewtiful” by Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs and Joann Wheeler, Rimrock TapHouse

• “The Pineapple Throne” by Susan Shayegi, Blush Salon

• “Why Not!” by Tracy Thille, Red Martini

• “High Desert” by Kris Cranston, Redmond Antique Mall

• “Sherlock Holmes” by Dalanie Bills, Green Plow Coffee Roasters

• “Molly” by Bonnie Potter, Brickhouse

• “Buckaroo” by Sandra Seville, Ebar

The late children’s show host Soupy Sales once famously denounced the talking chairs of his more modern counterpart, Pee-wee Herman.

But even the grumpy Sales would likely love the colorful chairs, some of which tell their own stories, being auctioned to help local children with medical needs.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Central Oregon is putting on its 11th Chair-ity for Children event. Through April 30, silent auctions will take place for chairs painted by area artists at 16 Redmond businesses, with money raised going to the Sparrow Clubs.

The chairs range from Seattle Seahawks to children’s book themed. The chairs often have humble beginnings but can turn into art over a few weeks.

“We buy chairs at yard sales or get them donated,” said Wendy Wheeler-Jacobs with GFWC. “They are upcycled.”

Artists can pick out the chair they wish to work with or have one chosen for them.

“They’re all unique, one of a kind,” Wheeler-Jacobs said. “Obviously, the donation goes to a good cause, and you get a piece of art from a local artist.”

The auction brought in $2,000 in 2016, the last time it was held, and has raised $20,000 in its 10 overall events, which have, typically, been held every other year.

The Chair-ity for Children drive kicked off April 6 with events at Green Plow Coffee Roasters on Sixth Street. With many of the participating businesses downtown, Wheeler-Jacobs said some people will do their own art walk to check out the chairs.

“It’s a fun way to bring the community together,” she said.

K.C. Snider, who illustrates children’s books for St. Louis-based Guardian Angel Publishing, is among the artists taking part in the fundraiser. Her chair this year, “On Dangerous Seas,” is based on her book “Powder Monkey,” featuring ocean-themed items like lighthouses and ships.

“The story is about a little boy who was shanghaied and put on a ship for England,” Snider said. “They end up being powder monkeys on the ships.”

Snider has taken part in Chair-ity for Children several times, basing her chairs on books featuring cowgirls and horses and toy bears. She hopes her current chair will raise several hundred dollars for the Sparrow Clubs, which assist children in medical need and empowers kids to help others through giving.

“I’d like as much to go to the children as possible,” Snider said.

Green Plow’s customers enjoys seeing the chairs, said Crystal Webb, the shop’s manager. This year, the coffee ship is playing host to “Sherlock Holmes” by Dalanie Bills.

“I think the main reason we do it is to give back,” Webb said. “It’s what the community needs, especially in these times. We want the community to know we’re doing it from the kindness of our hearts, not the money in our pockets.”

— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@redmondspokesman.com

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