Painted chairs on auction block

From News ReleaseNovember 8, 2013 

Meribeth Lamberth paints her chair,

PHOTO COURTESY OF JANE ROBERTS

Once again, Clayton High School Art students are auctioning hand-painted chairs.

The chairs are on display at The Clayton Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 111 E. Second St. The deadline to bid in the silent auction is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

Each fall, students in Jane Roberts’ Crafts I class take old chairs and turn them into something special. The project began as a study of the Oxacan culture in Southern Mexico, where artists carve wooden sculptures and painted them with bright colors and whimsical patterns.

Students used to sell their chairs at the Harvest Festival in Clayton. But poor weather a few years ago forced the students to turn to another venue. They didn’t have to look far, as The Clayton Center welcomed the students’ chairs for a silent auction.

Once the chairs are painted, students place them in a business, and the bidding process starts. The chairs remain in the businesses until moving to The Clayton Center at the first of November.

Proceeds from the auction go in different directions. One year, the art department purchased a kiln for the students. Most years, the money goes to a worthy cause outside of the high school. This fall, students will donate the proceeds to a public art project in Clayton.

 

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