The 2014 season is its own form of reality, featuring yard-sale bargains and items salvaged from attics and basements that are “done over” by artists and other creative individuals to raise funds to promote arts in our schools and our community.
The season will premiere Friday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points. “We have announced the theme early to encourage artists to search for bargain pieces of furniture at yard sales and to begin cleaning out their garage or attic,” said Nancy Casson, co-chairman of the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee. “Winter is a great time to begin painting and refurbishing furniture pieces for the spring auction.”
She added, “Last year several new artists participated, but we are still looking for folks who will submit items for the auction. If you need ideas to help you do over your furniture pieces, a book of photos from last year’s auction is displayed at the Chamber.”
Through the Chamber’s Allied Arts Council, the Chair-ries Jubilee auction has raised more than $285,000 for arts activities in our schools and community since 2000. The spring 2013 auction, “3D: Delectable, Delicious and Delightful,” raised more than $28,000.
These monies provide annual funding for teachers to receive grants for up to $500 for viable art programs that they wish to bring to their classrooms, as well as for visiting artists to appear in area schools.
“We’ve said it many times,” Casson noted, “but investing in arts education in Cleveland and Bradley County will pay significant dividends for our students. We are grateful that the community responds well to this event every year. So mark your calendars and make this event a ‘must attend’ on your spring schedule.”
The event will include a silent auction, a social featuring area caterers and a live auction. The committee will release additional details in the coming weeks.
For information about submitting items for the auction, call the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce at 472-6587 or Nancy Casson at 473-1114.