Kevin James’ “Charlotte’s Web” artistic chair sits in the window of Dungeness Kids Co. located at 163 W. Washington St. in Sequim. Sequim Gazette photos by Erin Hawkins

Habitat for Humanity’s chair auction brings artists in for the needy

Create for CHAIR-ity

Artists’ Reception & Auction

Presented by Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County

When: 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16

Where: Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 Highway 101, Port Angeles

Free admission

Charity never looked so good.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, 41 decorative chairs created by artists throughout Clallam County will be auctioned off at Olympic Cellars Winery to fund projects for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.

Organizers say one of the projects they look to support includes the Neighborhood Revitalization program designed to help low-income homeowners maintain the integrity of their homes through home renovation and weatherization.

Colleen Robinson, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County executive director, said “Create for CHAIR-ity” brings several community groups together.

“I feel like it brings a lot of components together for a win-win for Clallam County,” Robinson said.

Last year, the organization hosted a painted door auction and raised at least $4,000 where the doors were up for bidding. This year, organizers turn their attention to auctioning artistic chairs inspired by the theme “Room for One More.”

The chairs are hosted and displayed in 21 businesses in Sequim and 20 in Port Angles including banks, retail stores, coffee shops and more.

Every chair features an artistic design created by a different artist or group within the community expressing a different message that is symbolic of this year’s theme.

Some artists’ creations embody general themes such as Kevin James’ “Charlotte’s Web” chair while others have more personal meanings such as Miriam Spreine and Jeanne Sliva’s chairs that represent childhood memories and growing up.

Robinson said each community had the chance to vote for their People’s Choice Award for the artistic chairs in the categories of individual, group and youth. The winning chairs will be announced at the event on Sept. 16. The six chairs that win awards will be up for purchase during a live action and the remaining chairs will be up for bidding during a silent auction.

The event is free to the public. For more information about the event, visit www.habitatclallam.org or call (360) 681-6780.

A close-up of artist Kevin James’ “Charlotte’s Web” inspired chair that sits in the window of the children’s retail store Dungeness Kids Co. at 163 W. Washington St. in Sequim. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

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