Artists paint vintage chairs as fundraiser

Most paintings just hang on a wall, but an upcoming benefit auction will include artwork you can sit on.


The idea was to recruit local and regional artists to paint vintage plastic chairs purchased in 1959-60 for the opening of the old Augusta-Richmond County Public Library.

“They are all really unique,” said Millie Klosinski, the library’s development officer. “We just asked the artists to come up with designs that are period with the chairs.”

The artists were given sets of two or four of the Eames Molded Plastic Chairs used in the Greene Street building’s auditorium for a half-century.

Sixty of the chairs were distributed to 24 artists, she said.

The completed chairs are now on display at the new library building.

“They were like blank canvases,” she said. “Everyone’s vision has been different.”

Participating artists were: Russ Bonin, Matthew Buzzell, Jason Craig, Ed Elser, Kathleen Girdler Engler, Lynn Forbes, Rob Forbes, Stephanie Forbes, Steven Harrison, Xavier Jones, Elizabeth Malpass, Rich Menger, Tom Nakashima, Tom Nielson, Steve Penley, Michelle Pieper, J. Quarles, Robin Raymond, Chris Rucker, Michael Siewert, Margaret Ann Smith, Constance Crenshaw, Studio 3 Design Group and Lucy Weigle.

The chairs will be auctioned during a benefit gala Oct. 20, Klosinski said.

Proceeds will be used to support the library’s programs and to buy books and equipment.



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