It’s all for ‘Chair-ity’: Fundraiser a hit at Tinnie’s

September 17, 2011 • Local News

Elisa Hernandez admires one of the children’s chairs on display at Tinnie Mercantile & Deli Thursday during a reception for the artists. For more information about the chairs, call 622-8900. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Chairs were flying at Tinnie Mercantile Store & Deli Friday evening — not with an intent to hurt, but with an intent to help local causes.

About half an hour into the Community Foundation of Chaves County’s Artist Chairs for Chair-ity reception, one of their 12 artistically-enhanced chairs had sold. Another chair sold moments later.

The “chair-ity” event started when CFCC [auth] asked 12 artists to decorate a child’s chair. These chairs were then donated back to the CFCC and are up for silent bidding at Tinnie Mercantile Store & Deli until Oct. 15. After that date, unsold chairs will be displayed at different businesses around town.

During the CFCC’s annual Angel Gala Nov. 5, any unsold chairs will go up for bid during the event’s live auction. Proceeds from the chairs go to help local organizations.

One of the buyers Friday evening was Eileen Grooms, who bought a chair that featured woodwork by artist Harry Curtis.

The chair has an angel carved on its seat.

“I fell in love seeing the angel,” Grooms said. “That is my weakness.” Curtis seems to have a weakness for angels as well. He said angels and crosses are frequent subjects in his artwork. He said his chair, which is untitled, went “to the angel God.”

The other chair that sold quickly was titled “Roswell Roots.” It was decorated by Elaine, Miranda and Logan Howe with horse designs by Bill Wiggins.

Artist Fatima Barnes created a chair she called “Tea Time.” The chair has a ceramic teapot on its back, with a small human figure holding the teapot’s handle. Her creation invites gazers to look carefully — an image of the Mona Lisa lurks under the chair’s seat.

The other artists that decorated a chair were Cathy Burch, Ann Haile Carson, Nancy Fleming, Jeremy Howe, Bob Phillips, Mike Taylor, Michelle Watts, Janell Wicht and an anonymous artist.

Susie Russell, executive director of CFCC, said she was excited to see interest in the art-enhanced chairs.

“This has been a phenomenal event,” she said.

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