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A Chair Affair: The Chairs Have Arrived in Downtown Naperville!

As part of Bridge Communities’ “A Chair Affair” art extravaganza, the 27 masterpieces have now been successfully installed in storefronts throughout Naperville.  This debut event features chairs, stools and benches transformed by local artists, each taking their own spin on the project. The chairs run from the fun to the functional, and the elegant to the eclectic.  Patrons and community members may vote for their favorite chair on www.bridgecommunities.org until June 11, and the event culminates on June 12 at North Central College’s Wentz Hall, featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a Top 10 People’s Choice live auction. All proceeds from the chairs will benefit homeless families in DuPage County assisted by Bridge Communities.

The contributed artwork comes from an eclectic mix of artisans, ranging from amateur painters and sculptors to interior designers and art instructors. The chairs are made from a wide variety of media, including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping and more.

“I have never been so proud to be associated with a community event before ,” says Jennie Gates, Bridge’s Events Manager. “The way that the Naperville businesses, sponsors and artists have rallied around this event is just incredible, and shows their outstanding support for homeless families in our community.”

Tickets for the June 12 event are $40 and include an hors d’oeuvres buffet and open bar, and may be purchased online at www.bridgecommunities.org or by calling (630) 545-0610, ext. 19.

Bridge Communities is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide housing, mentoring and supportive services to homeless families in DuPage County.  Bridge Communities’ vision is a community where all families have safe, sustainable and affordable housing and life-long self-sufficiency.  In the past 25 years, Bridge Communities has helped almost 600 families cross the bridge from homelessness to hope and self-sufficiency.  For more information, please visit www.bridgecommunities.org.

The chairs pictured above are: “Tree Tales,” by Marianne Lisson-Kuhn; “Purple People Seater,” by The Martin Family; “Daydreaming in Detention,” by Joe Mazzone; “A Place to Lay My Head,” by Angela Morgan; and “Bird of a Feather Sit Together,” by Geoff Bevington.

For more information, e-mail Lisa Doyle, communications manager, at lisa.doyle@bridgecommunities.org

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