On Saturday, October 25th, Sculpture Space will be hosting its annual CHAIRity Art Auction in Utica’s historic Brewery District, with 2014 marking the 25th Silver Anniversary for this renowned collector’s, artist’s, and auction lover’s extravaganza. This special evening features original works of art and functional objects created by national, international, regional and local artists, presented in both live and silent art auctions.
Many of the contributing artists are alumni of Sculpture Space’s internationally-recognized artist-in-residency program. Since 1976, Sculpture Space has hosted over 520 visiting artists from 29 countries and 29 states that are as nearby as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as far away as Japan, Iran, Australia and China. Artists are invited to come and live in Utica for two months and create new work, explore novel techniques and materials and engage with artists from other states and countries, In turn, local and regional residents, business owners, artists and art lovers not only connects with these artists to gain insight into their creative process and inspiration, but also share their unique and global perspectives. When these artists return home, they become informal ambassadors; work created while in residence in Utica is subsequently exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks around the world.
Originally presenting “Art Chairs” to local and regional collectors and buyers, the event has evolved over a quarter century to include a wide variety including decorative sculpture, paintings, lamps, furniture, jewelry, and ceramics. The always-anticipated Earth Day collection, created from repurposed materials donated by Empire Recycling, will also be available for auction. To ensure CHAIRity remains a something-for-everyone affair, the silent auction features smaller pieces of art, hand-made items, gift certificates, travel opportunities, and other contributions from local businesses and supporters.
For 2014, contributing regional and alumni artists include Alice Butunoi, Christine Tisa, Rick Mulvihill, Lee Robbins, Jonathan Woodward, Ann Reichlin, Frank Viola, Daniel Buckingham, Katarina Isakkson, Patrick Cuffe, Aimee Tarasek, Marc-Anthony Polizzi, Daria Souvorova, Jacob Francois, George Hendrickson, Joel Grimaldi, Lynette Stephenson, Mary Giehl, Sam Van Aken, DeWitt Godfrey and many others. Artist and former Sculpture Space board member Suzanne Firsching will also be contributing and serving as the 25th Annual CHAIRity Honorary Chairperson. Event sponsors include Catherine McEnroe at Ford, English Financial Group, PJ Green, C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects, Mac-Clark Restaurants and Gilroy, Kernan Gilroy based in Utica.
CHAIRity presents a unique opportunity each fall for the public to spend an evening at Sculpture Space’s Gates Street studios in West Utica, currently under major reconstruction following a fire in June that damaged most of the former facilities. The new, reconfigured studios will be open to the public for the first time at this silver anniversary event.
Auction preview will be held from 4pm to 6:15pm, along with a cash bar and catered hors d’ouevres by Irwin’s Fine Food of Utica, Desserts will be catered by Just Peggy of Clinton. The live auction, presented by Bernie Brzostek, will start at 6:30pm. Ticket prices are $45 for general admission or $75 for Silver Anniversary Patrons, which includes personal messaging in the event program and open bar for the evening. To reserve, please call 315.724.8381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketderby.com. Tickets will also be available at the door starting at $50.
Sculpture Space is a founding member of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Support for our programs is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Central New York Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. For additional information, please visit our website www.sculpturespace.org