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On Saturday, Sept. 12, art appreciators, collectors and all who enjoy a fabulous party are invited to ‘take a seat’ at the 20th anniversary CHAIRity auction at Sculpture Space, in Utica. The unique event offers guests the opportunity to bid on art in the form of chairs and other artworks created by prominent regional, national and international artists. All profits from the auction support Sculpture Space’s acclaimed residency program for sculptors from throughout the nation and world—the only program of its kind in North America. The event is held in the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, just off Whitesboro Street on the edge of the Historic Brewery District. [View Invitation, Preview Artwork]
A limited-ticket raffle for a two-week stay in England (the cottage sleeps 6 adults and is near Stonehenge) is one of the many new features of CHAIRity. Also new this year: twenty limited edition silk scarves by artist Victoria Mele Zacek, each complete with a specially-designed sterling silver scarf pin. CHAIRity Co-founders Rosalind Diamond, Nancy Robinson and Linda Owens are Honorary Co-chairs of the 20th Anniversary CHAIRity Honorary Committee, which recognizes and celebrates past CHAIRity organizers and collectors. Sculpture Space is printing a special 20th Anniversary Souvenir Program for the event which will prominently feature the event’s sponsors, patrons and well-wishers.
The popular event features inventively altered, embellished or deconstructed chairs and other furniture, original artisan-crafted chairs, drawings, paintings and other artworks. The event begins with a preview of auction items from 4 to 6 p.m. and complimentary hors d’oeuvres donated by the area’s leading restaurants and caterers. There will also be a silent auction of items and services donated by a rich array of local businesses. The live auction, conducted by professional auctioneer Bernie Brzostek, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The finale concludes with a door prize drawing for a weekend in lake Placid –the lucky winner must be present to win. There will be a cash bar.
Featured internationally reknown artists represented include the globally-recognized artist couple, Christo and Jeanne Claude, with an iconic 1960s lithograph featuring a “wrapped” Vespa; Dan George, whose internationally collected public art is often fabricated in Utica; sculptor Grace Knowlton, whose signature spheres are represented by her curvilinear metal CHAIRity sculpture; Tony Oursler, whose recent Metropolitan Museum of Art show commanded unprecedented attention; NYC-based Christy Rupp, whose Watershed piece depicts endangered turtles; and preeminent contemporary sculptor British-born William Tucker, represented by a powerful charcoal drawing.
Local artists are equally generous and outstanding, led by Joel Grimaldi— four-time winner of the Mayor’s Award, presented annually for the highest price commanded at auction. Among the featured Sculpture Space alums are early entries from Deborah Dohne (Syracuse), Jonathan Kirk (Utica) Brian McCutcheon (Indiana), Kathy Stecko (Brooklyn), Sculpture Space co-founder John von Bergen (Clinton), and Rosa Valado (New York). Significant among the auction items will be the Earth Day Collection, eight sculptures created entirely from materials donated by Empire Recycling.
Many of the artworks will be featured on the Sculpture Space Web site two weeks prior to the event. Collectors may register for a designated personal bidder for those who cannot attend but wish to bid on artwork.
CHAIRity is Sculpture Space’s main annual fundraiser. Admission includes one complimentary beverage and an array of terrific hors d’ouevres donated by area restaurants. The cost is $30 before the event or $40 at the door. To make reservations in advance please contact 315-724-8381 or e-mailing email@example.com.
CHAIRity Co-Chairs, Victoria Mele Zacek and Frank Viola, also serve on the Sculpture Space board of directors.
Sculpture Space is an international artist-in-residence center that has accepted more than 400 professional artists from 24 countries to live in the Mohawk Valley for two-month residencies 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 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. For additional information please call 315-724-8381, email firstname.lastname@example.org.