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Color explodes in 'Sittin Pretty' Arts Council fund raiser

Friday, July 16, 2010

This chair, according to designer Carol Anderson, represents freedom of the road with hits Harley Davidon motorcycle theme. It includes a motorcycle seat and saddlbags for a "wind blowing through your hair" experience.
A colorful array of chairs and tables, featuring flowers, cartoon characters, and even a motorcycle seat and saddlebags, are part of the second annual "Sittin Pretty" Arts Council fundraiser at the Le Mars Arts Center.

Thirty-four chairs and tables have been refurbished into works of art by area artists and friends of the arts.

"They have painted very unique pieces out of very ordinary, throw away furniture," said Kathy Moore, Le Mars Arts Council director.

A corner display features chairs (from left) by Shelby Puhl, a floral padded chair; "I Think Sew" with a quilted seat by Becky Wiersma and a blue and white chair with a lighthoue painting on the seat by Al Gates.
A silent auction for the chairs and tables is underway and continues through 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

"At that time the bids translate into ownership and the Arts Center collects the money from this fabulous fundraiser," Moore said.

Artists picked up their choice of wooden chairs and tables in April and put their skills to work to transform each piece into a unique work of art.

Chairs are artfully displayed at the Le Mars Arts Center for the "Sittin Pretty" fundraiser for Le Mars Arts Council. Silent auction for the chairs and tables continues through Aug. 7.
"This project is the brainchild of Terri Schroeder," Moore said.

Schroeder is an Arts Council board member and volunteer.

She knows a lot of people with artistic talent and those interested in supporting the Arts Center, Moore added.

The first year "Sittin Pretty" raised nearly $3,000 for the Arts Council. Moore is hoping to increase that this year.

The 34 pieces have been done by adults, four by children under age 12 and three teenagers, each taking on a unique personality.

Moore points to a small, square table she said is similar to one that was in her grandmother's house.

The formerly brown table now is painted a light cream color, with pastel flowers on the top.

One of the more unique chairs represents "Freedom of the Road" with a motorcycle theme.The chair features Harley Davidson orange and black, complete with seat, saddlebags, rear lights and exhaust pipe.

Several chairs have padded seats, two with traditional quilt blocks. Another has a musical theme while still another features the "Queen of Hearts."

There's even a child's wooden high chair in this year's display.

Two tables will appeal to children, one decorated as a game table, the other with cartoon and movie characters.

Moore is happy with the wide variety of themes the artists have portrayed in their work.

This Saturday and Sunday, visitors may view the "Sittin Pretty" exhibit and see floral displays made by friends of the Arts Center.

Bouquets will be on exhibit both days, with the floral designers available for questions. Hours are 1-5 p.m. both days.

The chairs will also be on display at the Plymouth County Fair this year, July 28-Aug 1, in the middle section of the Open Class Building.

"The Arts Council has moved from the Lyceum building in Pioneer Village to be the superintendent for the Open Class Art Show at the fair," said Moore.

Bidding sheets for the chairs will be available during the fair days as well.

Office and Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Call 546-7476 or email lemarsarts@frontiernet.net for more information. Or log on to www.lemarsarts.com to take a peek at the chairs.

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