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Create an Art Chair for the community

November 7th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


A lot of you know that I have been rather distracted for the last couple of months as my husband has been battling cancer, chemotherapy, radiation, and now surgery and complications from the surgery. After a week of practically living in the hospital, I heard about this community project where we could paint chairs which would then be available for use at community events. Another local artist, Fulgencio Lazo was sponsoring the event. Just plain beige folding chairs — ready to be transformed into works of art. It was only a 2 hour commitment and it was right on my way to the hospital! So I was in. My friend Seanna Jordan came too, and the both of us picked almost the same palette but seriously different designs as we did our art on these chairs.

As soon as I can get a photo of the other 20 odd chairs, I will include it because every one of them were delightful.
When I arrived there, early for the event, I realized I was absolutely exhausted, I had a headache and what I really wanted to do was just go home and sleep. But once I had a paint brush in my hand, all my travails were forgotten. If art can be therapy, it was that for me for certain that day. As the other artists staidly painted, sitting on little chairs or carefully bending over their work, I was sprawled upon the floor reaching every angle of my chair and loving it immensely. If you ever get to sit on my chair, let me know!

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  1. December 2nd, 2011 at 00:01 | #1

    what great chairs!!! what paint was used? I could really really really see this at a really cool wedding or something

    best of luck with your husband, BTW

    • admin
      December 2nd, 2011 at 07:45 | #2

      all of the paint was house paint, interior/exterior latex!

  2. November 22nd, 2011 at 05:12 | #3

    How are you? Just stopped by looking for more chairs… Hope your days are filled with peace.

  3. November 22nd, 2011 at 01:13 | #4

    What a wonderful project and I love both your results.

  4. November 15th, 2011 at 06:44 | #5

    This is great. I love how it looks. I look forward to seeing the rest of the chairs. Blessings, Janet, PPF

  5. geckostone
    November 14th, 2011 at 05:39 | #6

    Wow these are wonderful, what a great idea!!! I can’t wait to see all of them. Yep, art is great therapy for me too! Deb

  6. November 13th, 2011 at 17:06 | #7

    Just checkin to see if you posted more chairs. Hope you day is good.

    • Mimi
      November 14th, 2011 at 07:46 | #8

      hello, a few of the chairs have not been turned in yet. when they get them all done, there will be a photo. I will definitely post it here and let you know.

  7. November 13th, 2011 at 16:52 | #9

    what a wonderful project! your chairs turned out so well! i’m sending your hubby healing thoughts and prayers. thanks for sharing!
    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

  8. November 13th, 2011 at 11:01 | #10

    Fabulous project and your chair is awesome, as in your friend’s. Funny how painting can take away travails. It helped alleviate a headache for me too this week.

    • admin
      November 13th, 2011 at 11:02 | #11

      sounds like we’re on to something here!!

  9. November 12th, 2011 at 19:29 | #12

    I think it is great you were able to take a few minutes for you. The chair is amazing- what a great idea for the community. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  10. November 12th, 2011 at 16:20 | #13

    A very touching post about art being therapeutic and what a wonderful community project. Your chair and the colour palette is wonderful. Sending lots of good vibes and happiness your way. Have a fantastic week. xx

    P.s. Thanks for the blog visit.

  11. November 12th, 2011 at 02:48 | #14

    So beautiful and touching! I love the paintings you both have done. These are lovely chairs and would surely give hope to anyone. I pray that your husband will recover quickly and God be on his side. Take care!

  12. November 11th, 2011 at 17:50 | #15

    What a wonderful project! I would love to see what the other chairs look like. Yes art can be therapy for the soul indeed! Patsy from HeARTworks

  13. November 11th, 2011 at 16:44 | #16

    What a wonderful service project!
    I love the post and the photos! 🙂
    Super-uplifting just before the weekend. 🙂

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  14. November 11th, 2011 at 15:02 | #17

    This is such a great project. I am so glad you found some theraputic distraction from all your worries for your husband. Hope he is better soon.

  15. November 11th, 2011 at 14:41 | #18

    This is such an uplifting post about the power of art to make us feel better about the world… warm thoughts and positive thoughts are heading your way from me and I hope you have good news soon xx

  16. November 11th, 2011 at 13:35 | #19

    Hi Mimi
    I am sorry to hear about your husband. My best wishes to you both.

    Yes, art is good theraphy and the chairs are fabulous. I’d love a chair like this. I told my husband that when we get our next house, we are going to only buy 2nd hand furniture – so that I can paint them :). Haha, it might be a very colourful house full of furniture that don’t go together!

    Thanks for dropping by my blogpost. I think what might have happened is that your internet browser was taking its time loading the images… No worries if you don’t see them this time; I know there is lots on your mind. Take care.

    Evelyn

  17. November 11th, 2011 at 10:14 | #20

    Prayers for you and your husband ~ (know what it was like for me ~ not easy) ~ Love the painted chairs! Great project! Lovely palettes for both chairs ~ and so well done ~ namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

  18. November 10th, 2011 at 14:21 | #21

    Love this it is such a wonderful project. Hope you do post more of the other works..Enjoyed my visit to your blog.

    • Mimi
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:22 | #22

      Angela, unfortunately there are no good shots of all the chairs. Hopefully someone will take a photo soon and yes, I will post it.

  19. esmeralda
    November 8th, 2011 at 09:53 | #23

    This is WONDERFUL! How great that you could lift your spirit and make a beautiful piece of art — as therapy as well as expression of beauty!

  20. November 7th, 2011 at 20:09 | #24

    Being able to share your talent while uplifting your own spirit is so inspirational. Your chair is a work of art. I look forward to seeing all the chairs.
    I am grateful that art therapy helped you and may the angels watch over your husband. Blessed be.

  21. November 7th, 2011 at 18:46 | #25

    Isn’t it reassuring that art can lift you up and give you comfort even while in the midst of stress and sadness. I’ve been shown this too and it’s good to know it’s there for the asking. Your chair is more than just physical support! Good work.

  22. November 7th, 2011 at 16:49 | #26

    What a wonderful project, and gorgeous chair, my dear! I am praying for Donald still.

  23. Jeannie Tripp
    November 7th, 2011 at 14:06 | #27

    Mimi, I absolutely love your chair!! What a fantastic way to share your talent with the community!!

    • admin
      November 7th, 2011 at 14:08 | #28

      aw, thanks. I needed that.

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