Functional art on sale at Chair Auction

Chair Auction July 1 at Transfer Beach will raise money for Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery.

This chair painted by Sally Mann is just one of the many fun items up for auction during the Ladysmith and District Arts Council's Chair Auction July 1 at Transfer Beach.

This chair painted by Sally Mann is just one of the many fun items up for auction during the Ladysmith and District Arts Council's Chair Auction July 1 at Transfer Beach.

About 25 local artists have reclaimed, painted and restored old chairs, and on Canada Day, you will have a chance to take home their functional art.

The Ladysmith and District Arts Council is holding its very first Chair Auction July 1 at Transfer Beach.

About 30 chairs, stools and tables have been painted by artists, budding artists and friends of the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery and will be ready for sale at the auction.

“It’s a creative way of recycling furniture,” said Arts Council president Kathy Holmes. “All the chairs are beautiful, functional and are being saved from the landfill.”

The Chair Auction, which is a fundraiser for the gallery, starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Transfer Beach Amphitheatre with a silent auction and viewing. The silent auction will close at 11:15 a.m., and there will be a live auction at 11:30 a.m. The Arts Council is asking people to bring cash or cheques if possible.

There will be a few stools, at least one table, painted chairs, chairs done in decoupage and artsy children’s chairs.

“Some of the pieces will have a little story with them,” said Holmes. “I think they’re kind of cool.”

Holmes says the funds raised by the Chair Auction will help keep the gallery open.

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