Sparrow CLubs USA is a wonderful organization that's very active in Central Oregon. Every year, they have a major fundraiser in the spring called Chairs for Charity, where local artists and local students take old but still useful chairs and turn them into works of art. The chairs are placed in downtown businesses, and the public is invited to tour the "exhibit," placing bids on their favorite chair. Last year, the top chairs went for over $300, so it's a worthwhile event. All the proceeds go to help Sparrow Kids in the area.
I've had the wonderful opportunity to learn about some of these special kids, particularly Michael, who has brain cancer and wanted the opportunity to graduate from High School with the full deal - cap and gown, music, diploma and best friends. Sparrow Clubs helped make that happen for Michael, and they make similar life affirming dreams happen for other kids as well. Learning of these inspiring stories helps keep the minor disappointments and regrets of everyday life in perspective.
This past summer I was "tapped" as a potential "Chair Artist." I jumped at the chance. I selected a sturdy, well-loved Murphy Chair Company "School-Marm" chair for my project, and although I've had this chair since July, I haven't actually painted on it yet. Here it is, freshly sanded and waiting on my work table for inspiration to strike. It had better strike pretty quickly, though, since the chair is due to be donated in February.
I'm calling this the Chair Project, and I've decided that if I have to post my progress on this blog I'll be "helped along" with the task if I don't write about it regularly. So if you don't see any updates, send me a zinger of a comment and that'll keep me on track.
Now, if inspiration would just strike....