Plans for Summer ARTirondack Auction
It is the time of year again when the Mahoosuc Arts Council goes into full swing preparing for the annual Summer ARTirondack Auction. We are seeking new and previous artists to volunteer to paint an Adirondack chair in the design of their choice. The artists' work will then be featured in a variety of ways through our promotion of the event which will take place on July 2 during the 22nd Annual Bethel Art Fair.
The ARTirondack Auction is a major fundraising project for the Council. All proceeds go toward supporting outstanding visual and performing arts programming for the adult and student populations of the greater Bethel area. At the same time, the talents of local artisans are celebrated, who create beautiful, functional works of art which often become cherished as family heirlooms.
Annually, the chairs are crafted and primed by local artist Reggie Brown in late winter. We begin seeking volunteer artists in the spring. Community businesses and individuals are then found to sponsor the chairs which are displayed around the Bethel area in the sponsors locations for viewing in June and July. Color brochures along with posters are published with photographs of each chair and the name of the artist with a map of the chair sponsor location.
What ARTirondack ARTists do:
a) Obtain one, primed Adirondack chair from the Council - We can deliver to your home.
b) Paint the design of your choice – Family event appropriate subject matter please.
(Paints must be for outdoor/exterior applications: exterior latex or oil-base)
c) Finish the chair in non-yellowing Ultra Violet protectant polyurethane of your choice
d) Call the Council to have your chair picked up by June 1.
Come to the ARTirondack Auction and experience the philanthropy and fun!
Go to: www.mahoosucartr.org/ARTirondack.html for photos of past chairs for ideas and inspiration
We are proud to say that some of our ARTirondack ARTists have found new opportunities or have received commissions directly as a result of ARTirondack advertising efforts. In addition to publicizing the auction in print, on posters, brochures, and through sponsors, our generous Auctioneer Joe Gaidis lists the chairs on a national auction database
We have a limited number of chairs for volunteer artists. Artists can obtain chairs on a first come, first served basis, so please call soon if you are interested in volunteering for ARTironack. Contact ARTirondack coordinator Helen Davies at 651-4604 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
See you in July!
Executive Director, The Mahoosuc Arts Council