-- Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902
To Know a chair is really it, you sometimes have to sit, said poet Theodore Roethke in his 1966 poem, The Chair.
Indeed, and one might also add that the current rage for chair art in Northern Michigan also means enjoying your favorite seats artistic qualities.
Currently, chairs for charity are on exhibit and sale in downtown Traverse City. A similar fundraiser, the CHAIRish the Arts Live Auction will be held Friday, August 13 at the Crystal Lake Art Center in Frankfort.
CHAIRish the Arts will kick off at 6 p.m. with hors doeuvres and a preview of chairs created by local artists. At 7 p.m. the live auction begins featuring auctioneer Tom Marshall. Admission is $10 which includes an auction paddle and preview hors doeuvres. All proceeds will benefit the Crystal Lake Art Center.
America is a chair-using culture. We sit on them almost everywhere we go -- at school, in the car, at the dentists office, in movie theaters, and many places intended for both work and leisure. The habit traces its roots back to ancient Egypt when pharaohs used chairs to raise themselves above those of lower rank who generally sat on the floor.
The Crystal Lake Art Center will showcase its collection of over 50 creative chairs, functional and nonfunctional. Designed by local artists, the chairs of wood, metal, and cloth can be used on the beach, the porch, in the dining room, or can function as an art object for the home.