Artists paint chairs for charity auction

 
By Lisa Doyle
Bridge Communities
Posted6/2/2016 1:21 PM
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  • Area residents are encouraged to visit retailers in downtown Naperville and to vote on their favorite chair through Thursday, June 9.

    Area residents are encouraged to visit retailers in downtown Naperville and to vote on their favorite chair through Thursday, June 9. Courtesy of Bridge Communities

  • This is one of 20 artist-decorated chairs that can be seen in downtown Naperville. The chairs will be auctioned at a fundraiser for Bridge Communities.

    This is one of 20 artist-decorated chairs that can be seen in downtown Naperville. The chairs will be auctioned at a fundraiser for Bridge Communities. Courtesy of Bridge Communities.

The chairs have arrived in downtown Naperville. The 20 chairs, stools and benches redesigned by local artisans for Bridge Communities' A Chair Affair fundraiser will be displayed in storefronts through Thursday, June 9.

Area residents are encourage to visit local retailers to view these pieces of transformed art and vote for their favorite at bridgecommunities.org.

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

All proceeds raised during A Chair Affair benefit homeless families in DuPage County assisted by Bridge Communities.

The artists who created the 20 transformed chairs hail from the DuPage County area and bring a range of art experience with various media including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping and embellishments.

"The artists take those pieces of furniture and restore it to this beautiful piece of art, the same way that we seek to restore hope for the families that are served at Bridge Communities as they are becoming self-sufficient and breaking free from the cycle of poverty and homelessness," said Chad Pedigo, Bridge Communities' special event manager.

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

A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Bridge Communities provides housing, mentoring and supportive services to homeless families in DuPage County. In the past 28 years, Bridge Communities has helped more than 700 families cross the bridge from homelessness to hope and self-sufficiency.