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The West Nebraska Arts Center, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, is pleased to present “Chair-ity Art Event” in our Bronson Gallery, A Painted Chair Fundraiser to benefit Soroptimist International of Scotts Bluff County.

Chair-ity Art Event opens in our Bronson Gallery, Thursday, September 13th, with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., cash bar, hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments. During the opening reception there will be a special Breast Cancer Awareness bench that will be raffled off with all proceeds going to Festival of Hope. $1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Fisher Roofing & Restoration, Gutwein Appraisal Services, Platte Valley Companies, Western Travel Terminal, Soroptimist International of Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska Arts Council & Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

about the exhibit

The mission of Soroptimist is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Proceeds from the Chair-ity Art Event will go towards scholarships to given by SI of Scotts Bluff County to local high school seniors and ladies in the community that are furthering their education. Community members, businesses, WNAC members, and artists were invited to paint chairs, benches, trunks, stools, etc. to sell in a silent auction format at WNAC with open bidding during the duration of the exhibit, which will also include a “buy it now” price.

Chair-ity Art Event can be viewed in our Bronson Gallery September 13th through October 28th, 2018. Visit the gallery Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Gallery admission is FREE and open to the public. 

Donna Thompson is the judge for the Chair-ity Art Event.

Best of Show, Ed & Laurie Morgheim, Sunset by the Beach #1 & #2

 “These chairs are just begging to be used! The beach scenes are a perfect fit for Adirondack and the painting is well planned and executed. Love, love these.”

Runner-Up, Marcia Westerbuhr, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

 “I appreciate the work that has gone into this classy chair and that is a stand alone, decorative piece looks to be quite functional as well. Great eye for detail and really making the shape and style of the piece shine, literally!”

Honorable Mentions

Kimball High Point 4-H Club, Celebration

“What’s not to love about this chair? The color palette and splatters remind me of a photograph of deep space. The fun that went into creating this piece is obvious. Wonderful job!”

Jeffery Ferreri, Solemnity Seat

“Huge points here for originality. Nothing says come take a seat like skeleton bones! The red cushion was a good choice and the glossy finish really makes everything pop out. Nicely done!”

 Gini Heinz, After the Gold Rush

“This glitzy piece really makes a statement. Every detail is well– executed and the leather pieces are a perfect addition to the overall look and composition. Great job!”

 Luray Neuwirth, Bright Flower Chair

 “This piece is everything a hand-painted chair should be...fun, colorful, and inviting. The colors and details really stand out by using them in different sections. Really liked this a lot!”

 Jana Bode and Cindy Dickinson, A Cat in the Hat

“Whimsical and delightful! A themed chair that really sparks a memory for many. The quote on the back is a wonderful reminder for children and adults of all ages!”

 Celestina Godinez, Purple Prana

“Wonderfully done and very timely...a great tribute to one of the most talented and influential musicians of my generation. Awesome.”

Special Judge’s Choice, Mary Ellen Kilmer, Yosemite

“I love a good yarn bombing and this one is well executed. It takes time, planning, and patience to make the math work! The texture gives the chair a life-like quality. Fiber art is often under rated, but this piece took creativity and craftsmanship and definitely stood out among all of the wonderful chairs.”

 Judge’s comments about the show 

“Bravo to all who participated in this unique fundraiser and exhibit. The creativity and thought that went into each of the pieces is commendable. Soroptimist continues to do amazing things in our community and I was thrilled to play a small part in it. Great job ladies!”special thanks

 A special thanks to Kelsey Thompson for her assistance in prepping the gallery and helping with the installation of this exhibit.

Sponsored by

Fisher Roofing & Restoration
Gutwein Appraisal Services
Platte Valley Companies
Western Travel Terminal

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The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.  Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

The West Nebraska Arts Center is a 501c3 cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region.  WNAC is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the gallery free of charge Tuesday through Friday 9 to 5, Weekends from 1 to 5.  www.thewnac.com. or find us on Facebook.