Several local artists and community members have transformed old chairs to benefit Heron Hospice Society of Delta.
The Upcycle Auction: Repurpose for a Purpose launched online last week.
Funds raised will provide supportive care services for individuals or families facing end of life or struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one in our community.
Jennifer O’Brien of Sublime Art Materials created a stunning statement piece with an antiqued gold finish and a hand embroidered seat cushion. Stars and constellations of the Northern Sky have been masterfully embroidered in gold thread on navy velvet on this collector’s chair.
“In creating a new feel for this chair, I thought of beautiful things: antiques and the night sky,” said O’Brien. “I enjoy laying on my back on a clear, warm night, looking up at the stars and contemplating all that is….and isn’t, and thought this might also be a nice place to do such a thing. This piece was designed as a statement piece, a star in your home.”
Another participant, the Delta Chamber of Commerce, chose a young entrepreneur to transform their chair.
“The Delta Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to partner with our member Collaborative Wellness to support the next generation of Delta entrepreneurs,” said Chamber executive director Jill McKnight. “For this community project, we entrusted 13-year-old, Sam Ghent of Dragon Designs Art to share her talents and imagination with our community in the spirit of philanthropy and giving back. With more than 40 hours of artistic time and even glow in the dark touches, Sam has created a work of art and inspired many around her.”
The South Delta Artisans group, led by Peter Blair, collaborated to create an eclectic Tete-A-Tete seat, showcasing many local Delta artists including Care/Aaron Scaga, Carol Hacklander, Casey Vladichuk, Christina Dosahjh, Dina Jay, Jane Williamson, Kerry Elliott Carone, Rob Brodowich, Sonia MacNair and Valerie Titford.
Other unique and creative entries were donated by artists Linda Jones, Gary Nay, Lyn Verra-Lay, Wayne Peace and Myrna Webster, Mayor George Harvie, Ladner Village Arts & Crafts, the Delta Police Department, who included a four-hour ride-along with their entry, while the Tsawwassen First Nation contributed a handmade paddle and blanket to the auction.
All pieces are on display at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, next to the Chocolate Bear, until the auction closes on May 26 at 7 p.m. To bid on the chairs and vote on your favourites, visit: heronhospice.org.