Paint nearly dry on Chair-ries Jubilee art pieces
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Apr 10, 2011 | 1542 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“ON GOLDEN POND,” painted by Robert Bradney, this chest could double as a coffee table and is the perfect addition for a summer cottage on the Ocoee or Hiwassee rivers. The loons may be back on Golden Pond, but this blanket chest is in Bradley County for Chair-ries Jubilee.
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Studios, workrooms, classrooms, basements and garages across the community show evidence of creative minds at work. The air is pungent with the smell of sandpaper, wood filler and glue, latex, oil and FolkArt paints, gel stain and polyurethane. Chairs, stools, tables, armoires, trays and other such items are taking on new life as artists and artisan add finishing touches.

Their goal? To compete for the highest bid and raise the most money for arts in education for Cleveland and Bradley County students at the 13th annual Chair-ries Jubilee — “Lights, Camera, Auction!”

This year’s theme gives a nod to the arts of Hollywood, presented in movies — from Westerns to cartoons, Broadway shows and television series. After months of searching for the right household item and selecting just the right artistic flair to capture the attention of bidders, the paint and polyurethane are nearly dry on this year’s Chair-ries Jubilee art pieces.

Early contributions include several pieces perfect for the younger set — a “SpongeBob SquarePants” chalkboard desk and a “Jay Jay and the Jet Plane” stool — along with a variety of pieces perfect for adult rooms, like an “On Golden Pond” chest and a “Legally Blonde” occasional chair.

“Several pieces are featured on the Chair-ries Jubilee fan page on Facebook,” said Nancy Casson, co-chair for the event. “Once again I’m amazed at the talent and creativity displayed by the artists who participate year after year. The names given to the pieces from movie themes and television shows are part of the fun of this year’s show.”

The auction will take place April 15 at the Museum Center at Five Points, with a silent auction and social hour beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction starting at 8 p.m. The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce presents the annual event.

“The museum will transform into a grand stage this year when the lights come on,” said Ann McCarley, committee co-chair, in describing the vast collection of artwork from an impressive list of local artists that will be on display. “If you’re looking for a unique piece of furniture for a bedroom, child’s playroom, a summer home, a sunroom — well, most any room in your house — I think you will find it at this year’s fundraiser.”

Both Casson and McCarley added that while the artwork is incredible, the bottom line at the end of the event is most important.

“All of this effort takes place to raise money for Arts in Education grants and to place visiting artists in our schools,” Casson stressed.

Through the fundraising efforts of Chair-ries Jubilee, the Allied Arts Council has invested more than $240,000 in local schools for teacher arts grants and visiting artists since its inception 13 years ago.

Tickets for Chair-ries Jubilee, available at the Chamber of Commerce and The Red Ribbon, are $20 in advance. Ticket cost is $25 at the door.