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Cheer again for chairs: More than $5,000 raised for public art

Chairful Where You Sit, a temporary art installation in its second year, sold an estimated 57 chairs and raised more than $5,000.

"Chairful was a huge success despite the lousy weather," organizer Adria Arch wrote in an email Aug. 1. More than 100 people attended the final celebration as winners of the fund-raiser were announced at a July 28 reception in front of the Dallin Art Museum.

See the names of the winners and their artworks here >>

With paint and creativity, artists and community members turned chairs destined for the trash pile into fund-raising items for Arlington Public Art.

Bids on chairs were accepted until 7 p.m. July 26. See Facebook where bid amounts were updated >>
And how to purchase a chair here >>

Those involved invite the public to sit down, relax and view the passing scene while enjoying these beautiful works of art and the visual interest the installation lends to the site.

 An opening reception, free to the public, was held Sunday, July 21, at the Minuteman Bikeway and Lake Street and in front of the Cyrus Dallin Museum near Mass. Ave., Arlington Center.

See two chairs here >>

The installation doubles as a fund-raiser to support Arlington Public Art's future programming. The chairs are available to purchase for a donation of $100. Several chairs at each location are part of a silent auction.

This year, the exhibit is funded in part by the Arlington Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Most recently, APA was responsible for the creation of the Spy Pond Mural, a 20- by 80-foot banner featuring the artwork of four Arlington High School students, installed on the Arlington Boys' & Girls' Club overlooking Spy Pond.

More than 30 artists helped make Chairful Where You Sit a success last summer, as the effort raised close to $3,000 and helped to fund the production of the mural.

Donations to Chairful 2013 will go toward funding the upcoming Transformer Box Mural Project in which a selection of boxes throughout the town will be designed and painted by local artists.

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Guidelines for participating

New this year is a People’s Choice Award, Curator’s Award, business-sponsored awards and a calendar featuring photos of 12 selected chairs.

Organizers invite you to find an old chair and make it better or more interesting -- even fun -- by painting or decorating it.

This story was first published Thursday, March 28, 2013, and updated Aug. 1.

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