Chair City Art artists collect prizes
“The arts are alive and well in Thomasville,” said Councilman Neal Grimes as he viewed the 38 entries in the Chair City Art exhibit.
About 100 people attended the artists reception held Feb. 6 at Loft on Main at Southern Sisters.
The reception not only honored the artists, from elementary school age to beyond retirement age, but provided a glimpse into the second and third phases of Chair City Art, a subgroup of PACE — People Achieving Community Enhancement.
During the reception, artists talked with the public about their entries.
Connie Beck of Lexington, who claimed first place with “Chairrushmore,” used a new technique, “pour painting.” The swirled colors on a square canvas created an oval mat for her barrell-like chair, cushioned with textured trees. The likeness of Mt. Rushmore appears to be carved into the barrel of the chair.
“I like Mt. Rushmore,” she said, “and I wanted to do something different. The Lord helped me with it. He sure did.”
Lyza Royal’s entry, a painted chair with colors of a Tiger in the jungle, was an effort “to go wild,” she said.
Janice Craven Lamberth, the artist of a bejeweled wooden chair, confided that her creation was made from her mother’s old jewelry. Her sister Joyce Craven of Illinois, a former Thomasville resident, enjoyed the exhibit and reconnecting with old friends.
Nancy Higgins Horner of Horner & Associates Surveying and Land Planning in Thomasville, a member of PACE, chaired the contest. With the help of Councilwoman Pat Shelton, $900 in cash prizes, donated by PACE, were awarded. Uptown Thomasville contributed $50 for each honorable mention award.
In the second phase, a mural, funded through Arts United for Davidson County, will be painted in the downtown area. Dana Kanoy Holliday created a preliminary rendering, which builds off an entry by Michael Buie. His painting was a tree with period chairs hanging from the branches.
In the third phase, some of the designs entered for chairs will be created.
“We want them in businesses, outside of businesses, on top of businesses,” Horner said.
In June, Horner outlined the project with a very specific objective.
“The final goal of the project is to help draw tourists, young and old alike, to Thomasville and into the local businesses to shop and eat, or in other words spend money,” she said.