Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Take a seat at the nexStage

Chair-ity auction brings out valley talent

Express Staff Writer

Architect Curtis P. Kemp is creating his “RockIN’Chair” for the nexStage Chairs for Chair-ity gala. Photo by

Wood River Valley artists and designers have been busy creating one-of-a-kind chairs for a silent auction at the nexStage's "Chair-ity" gala. All the chairs will be revealed for bidding, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre at 120 S. Main St. in Ketchum.

More than 30 valley artists, designers and architects, as well as students from Wood River High School, the Performing Arts Academy and The Community School created the chairs.

The chair artists will be the special guests at the gala evening, which will include appetizers and drinks, the opening of the silent auction and a prize drawing to benefit the nonprofit nexStage Theatre's annual fund.

Ketchum design store The Open Room, an event sponsor, donated a modern, leather-and-stainless-steel armchair for a prize drawing on the night of the gala. Tickets will be sold for the drawing at the nexStage Theatre for $5 and five for $20.

After the gala, the chairs will be on display at locations around town, including Gilman Contemporary, The Open Room, the Gail Severn Gallery, the Friesen Gallery, Tully's Coffee, Sun Valley Real Estate, Wall2Wall Carpets, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Business as Usual, Rico's Pizza and the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Center.

Bids will be accepted on all chairs through Saturday, Dec. 19, when the winners will be announced at the nexStage Theatre. For details, call 726-4857.

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