The project began as we in the Navan Fine Arts Group were looking for new ideas for our annual fine arts exhibition & sale in Navan planned for April 2016 - and came up with the idea to get people in the community to decorate chairs - individuals, families, businesses, clubs, etc., - any kind of chair – kitchen, lawn, doll, office etc. using any materials such as paint, collage, fabric - and bring it to our show in April. What a visual feast this could be to see 10, 20, 30 or even 40 chairs on the lawn outside the curling club venue. And fascinating to see all the ideas people come up with. We're looking at having some people's choice awards with categories for kids and adults, but more on this to follow another time.
Then what we would really like to see after the show is some of the chairs displayed by the businesses along our main street – places to sit, ponder, chat with a friend, some just for display– and more chairs at the residences around our village. We also hope to collect some supplies such as crayons, pencil crayons, or recycled-type things like wrapping paper, birthday or Christmas cards, etc. for the local school's Primary Program.
There are still many details to be worked out, and we are needing volunteers to help with planning and throughout the weekend of the event.
I’m already encouraged about potential participation as I watch people and groups get excited about ideas to decorate their own chair. Why chairs? Because they are easy to find at garage sales, thrift stores, and basements. How many of us have old chairs cluttering up our basements that could be put to good use.
This could give new meaning to “When is a Chair not just a Chair”, as we look beyond the chair surfaces and find each chair's true meaning and colours. I can’t wait to see what our community members come up with.