The Wintergreen Arts Center is gearing up for its third annual CHAIR-ity event with a call for artists and a friendly challenge for CHAIR-ity to local businesses and organizations.

Wintergreen Arts Center
Wintergreen Arts Center

The Opening Reception for the event is scheduled for November 3, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm during the First Friday Art Walk.  The show is free and open to the public with music provided by the very talented Brian & Doug from Common Crossing.  All chairs will later be sold live on WAGM TV during the 70th Annual Presque Isle Rotary Auction.

“This year’s CHAIR-ity event offers a friendly challenge to those who seek a little bit of competitive fun,” said Dottie Hutchins, Wintergreen’s executive director.  “As well as a call for individual artists, we are also putting out a call for local businesses and organizations to take up the challenge for CHAIR-ity.  The Presque Isle Police Department was the first team to step up to recreate a chair for this year’s event.  Presque Isle City Hall is the second, so the challenge is on.”

PIPD Chief Matt Irwin said, “We plan to take on this challenge as a department team, and we invite others in the community to join us by submitting their own repurposed chair for CHAIR-ity.  It benefits both Wintergreen and the Rotary in their efforts to fund great projects.”

The third annual CHAIR-ity chair show will stay on display at Wintergreen for the month of November.  Opening bids begin during the November 3rd Opening Reception.  The show will later go "on the road" with the 70th Annual Presque Isle Rotary Auction.  First, chairs will be displayed in the Rotary Auction Showroom at the Aroostook Centre Mall beginning November 18; and, eventually sold live during the Rotary Auction on December 16.

“Last year local artists did an amazing job painting and decorating new wooden mini chairs,” said Hutchins.  “This year, we are returning to our original concept of repurposing, recreating, and redesigning a wide variety of both large and small chairs, benches, stools, and unique seats of many ages, makes and models.”

To donate a chair or pick one up for repurposing, please call the Wintergreen Arts Center at (207) 762-3576.  All completed chairs are due back at Wintergreen by the middle of October.

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