On October 1, 2011, art appreciators and collectors attended the 22nd Annual CHAIR-ity Auction at Sculpture Space, in Utica, N.Y. The popular extravaganza, chaired by Susan D. Kernan, featured inventively altered, embellished or deconstructed chairs and other furniture, as well as original artisan-crafted chairs, drawings, paintings and other works of art. The evening also included the unveiling of the Endowed Sculpture, sponsored by NBT Bank. [View the 2010 endowed sculpture Bridges, available for direct purchase.]
The live auction included work by internationally renowned artists such as the globally recognized artists Christo and the late Jeanne Claude, and alumni artists such as Ekkehard Altenburger (UK), Daniel Buckingham, Katarina Isaksson and Michael Ferris, Jr., and Rainer Maria Wehner. Local artists were equally generous and outstanding, such as Joel Grimaldi—four-time winner of the Mayor’s Award, Suzanne Firsching, the late Ed Christiana, Dewitt Godfrey, Steven Specht and Christine Tisa.
Significant among the auction items were the Earth Day Collection, featuring sculptures by area artist Jim McDermid of Rome created entirely from repurposed materials donated by Empire Recycling.
Early evening fun and live entertainment included performances by young Danceography dancers, who promoted one-of-a-kind painted, portable seating: “The T-Seat Tease” with the “T-seat Tease-erettes”, choreographed by Victoria Mele Zacek.
The silent auction offered items and services donated by an array of local businesses, chaired by Jill Palmer of Totale Estate Sales Company. The live auction was conducted by auctioneer June DeLair. A Grand Finale door prize drawing marked the end to the festivities.
Sculpture Space is an international artist-in-residence center that has served nearly 500 professional artists, from 24 countries and 29 states. These artists come live in the Mohawk Valley for two-month residencies in order to create new work. The program provides each artist with technical support, housing, 24-hour studio access and a stipend towards living expenses. On a regular basis, the community is invited to view the artists’ works and learn about their artistic practice. Tours of the studios are offered. Works created at Sculpture Space are exhibited in sculpture parks, museums and galleries around the world. Sculpture Space is a founding member of the New York State Artists Workspace Consortium and the Alliance of Artists Communities. Its programs are in part made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. For additional information please call 315-724-8381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.