Chair City Art entries: ‘On the edge’

Reception Feb. 6
Jan. 27, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

With 38 entries, Thomasville recrafted its image back into the Chair City with the conclusion of Chair City Art design contest.

Three entries took top honors along with cash prizes of $400, $300 and $200, respectively. The prizes were donated by PACE, People Achieving Community Enhancement.

Connie Beck of Lexington claimed first place overall with her painting, “Chairrushmore.” Sarah Houlette of Thomasville sculpted polymer clay into a whimsical chair design to win second place overall. Lyza Royal painted “Jungle Life” on a wood chair to win third place overall.

Michael Buie, Xiao Wei Wu, Jon Michael Waddell Jr., Aiden Mitchell and Candy Boutsady each won honorable mention with a $50 prize.

The imagination captured by all the artists fits the expectations of Chair City Art organizers.

Limitations were few in the design contest — any medium from pencil drawings, paintings, sculptures or metal to graphic designs.

“Think outside the box or at least on the edge of a chair,” said Chairman Nancy Higgins Horner of Horner & Associates Surveying and Land Planning in Thomasville when she outlined the competition in June. Horner is a member of PACE.

To the elation of the judges —  Horner, Gregory Louya of the design firm Gregory & Associates Inc. and Joe Hedgpeth, owner of Best in Show art gallery — that’s exactly what the artists accomplished.

“I’m delighted at the artistic ability of the people who participated, which made [selection of winning entries] difficult,” said Hedgepeth, an artist and retired physician.  The entries are on display at his gallery, 20 Salem St. Call 475-0961 or email for hours.

“It’s a compliment to the community that so many people participated,” added Louya as he surveyed the entries at the gallery.

A reception to honor the artists will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.  6, at Loft on Main (at Southern Sisters).

Horner encourages the community to attend to meet the artists.

“I am so impressed with the creativity of the entries,” she said.

Many of the entries are pictured on the Thomasville Times Facebook page.