Tuesday, June 15, 2010

AIRdirondack Art Project Auction

AIRdirondack Art Project Auction

There’s a new chair in town. It’s called the AIRdirondack, a play on Airdrie and Adirondack, and to explain it simply, the AIRdirondack is what cows were to Calgary:

“Remember the cow promotion? Artists created amazing works of art using cow statues as their muse. Well, we had the idea that Airdrie needed its own fun identity project that gave us both a heightened awareness for the creative talent in the area and a tourism effort to draw visitors to town and give them a reason to explore,” says Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, owner of Frog Media Inc. (which publishes airdrielife).

So Shaw-Froggatt and Veronica Funk, one of Airdrie’s most prolific painters, decided the time had come to ‘chair’ the project.

The artists who have been selected to take part in addition to Funk are Cheryl Bakke Martin, Brenda Campbell, Glen Collin, Maureen Demanuele, Susan Harris, Lori Presiloski, Rhea Warholik, Joelle & Carol White, Michelle Wiebe and Jane Romanishko.

Eleven of the chairs were unveiled June 12 at the Empty Bowls Festival in Nose Creek Park. Tthe chairs are now on public display at 12 locations around the city, including City Hall, Genesis Place, Fulton’s Home Hardware, Airdrie Co-op, Airdrie Public Library, both TD Canada Trust locations and all four Ravenswood show homes.

The works of art will be auctioned off October 14, 2010 to raise funds to develop future space for the arts community.