'A Chair Affair' returning to Naperville

By Lisa Doyle
Bridge Communities
Posted5/9/2016 1:06 PM

"A Chair Affair" will give participants a chance to attend an unusual party and find one-of-a-kind artwork for their homes.

Returning for its third year, Bridge Communities combines artistic talent with a great cause to display 20 chairs, stools and benches redesigned by area artisans from May 19 to June 9 in storefronts throughout downtown Naperville.


Patrons and community members are encouraged to visit the stores to view the pieces of transformed art and vote for their favorite at www.bridgecommunities.org.

Eight panel- and voter-selected art pieces will then be featured in a live charity auction from 5 to 9 p.m. June 9 at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The gala will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, as well as opportunities to bid on the chair artwork during silent and live auctions.

All proceeds benefit homeless families in DuPage County assisted by Bridge Communities.

Artists creating the 20 transformed chairs for "A Chair Affair" hail from the DuPage County area and bring a wide range of art experience with various media, including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping and embellishments .

"We're thrilled to return 'A Chair Affair' to the thriving downtown Naperville scene for an exciting third year," says Amy Van Polen, Bridge's resource development director. "The outpouring of support and excitement from the community warmed our hearts last year, and it was a fantastic experience for the artists, generous sponsors and businesses in the community. We can't wait to do it again."

Specialized sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information regarding "A Chair Affair," call Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19, or email chad.pedigo@bridgecommunities.org.

Tickets for the June 9 event are $50 and may be purchased online at www.bridgecommunities.org or by calling (630) 545-0610, ext. 19.