Buy One-of-a-Kind Chairs for a Great Cause

Artist and Photographer Denise Whitney Dahlke's Original Have you ever seen a door hinge as a chair arm or a chair back made out of a toilet plunger? If you're a home scavenger constantly looking for one-of-a-kind pieces, then you'll want to hear about an event in Portland, Ore. that's bringing original art - in the form of a chair - to the highest bidders.

Aptly named The Chair Affair, it's a silent charity auction ending this Thursday that has brought together more than 100 artists to design original "chair" masterpieces ranging in price from $100 to $6,500. Working with materials that range from vintage frames to chests to rocking chairs, and enhancing chairs with copper, fur, paper mache, sea shells or infused glass, each artist is making a distinctly different creation.

"It's a venue that [the artists] don't ever work in," says Linda Dahan, the development director for the Portland-based non-profit, Community Warehouse."They wouldn't ever do a chair... that's the intrigue for them."

The pool of creators is a varied bunch. In addition to serious, recognizable artists, other participants have full-time jobs outside the art world, but enjoy art as a hobby.

Not only is it a creative challenge for the participants, but the proceeds benefit Community Warehouse, a Portland-based organization that provides essential household furnishings to low income families in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington at no cost.

One-of-a-kind chairs for Portland charity event
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Brook Ashley, who works at an organic grocery store, has emulated her design after the stuffed animals that she makes on the side for fun. The final result is a chair covered in blue fur with three large protruding teeth.
Kurumi Conley, an artist drawn to the transparent characteristics of glass, made this chair out of infused glass.
This 50s vintage graffiti chair by Dylan Toomey "looks like it is dripping with paint," says Dahan.
This director's chair was transformed by Denise Whitney Dahlke. She put the leaf motif canvas through a printing press.
The chair by Shellinda Hampton is made out of copper and has a spider web back constructed in part with the help of a toilet plunger.
This pair of chairs by Vern Nelson will certainly satisfy your sci-fi or woodsy needs.
The mother-daughter duo of Marilyn and Margaux Davis was inspired by their favorite book, "Where The Wild Things Are." It has monster-like feet and a seat cushion upholstered with a brownish-green shag covering.
Bev Snow-Kuehn used a vintage 20s rocking chair and finished it off with paper mache zebra ears.
This is a multi-seater created by 16-year-old Ulysses Duckler.
Russel Murray, an antiques dealer and designer of shell art objects, decorated his chair with an assortment of keepsakes from the ocean.
Bike-enthusiast Matthew Husted created this design for the Chair Affair. (Sorry, fellow bike-enthusiasts, it's already sold!)

While tickets to the actual event, which is taking place from 5:30-9 p.m. on April 8, are sold out, the 100-some creations are currently on sale online and can be shipped nationwide. (But you better hurry, the priciest $6,500 chair by Gregory Grenon, who is known for his murals of women, and 13 additional chairs have already been snatched up).

Take some time and peruse the chairs - and buy a one-of-a-kind work of art to help benefit a worthy cause.
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