Chairs for Charity kick-off event is this Wednesday

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Dave Robb securing details of mosaic chair by Shanna Robb. This is one of the 15 donated Chairs for Charity helping the AIF provide for art scholarships.  Opening reception at Middle Ridge Winery is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Photo by Shanna Robb

Wednesday, March 28, the Chairs for Charity fundraiser kicks-off at Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery to benefit the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation’s scholarship fund. Fifteen chairs, created by 15 artists from Idyllwild, IA and Palm Springs, will be on display until April 8.

All net proceeds will fund art scholarships to Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program. March 28 will be the first time the artists’ chairs will be on exhibit. This exhibit is free to the public.

From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Middle Ridge also will host an artist’s reception. Change Required will perform at this reception, also free to the public.

At the reception you may “buy raffle tickets for one selected chair and start bidding on others,” said Artist Liaison Shanna Robb. You also may purchase event tickets for $45 to the “50th Year Anniversary and Live Auction of the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation,” celebrated starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, on the Idyllwild Arts campus. The bidding site explains that there will be “15 chairs, 15 artists, and 15 chances to win.” As well, representatives of the Associates will be selling tickets in front of the Idyllwild Post Office on dates yet specified.

To purchase your tickets for the Associates’ 50th-anniversary celebration at $45 a ticket, which includes dinner, drinks, music, dancing, silent auction and, of course, the chairs exhibit and live auction, you have the following options:

• Visit the Town Crier. 

• Visit www.associatesofiaf.org/chairsforcharity.

• Send a check to The Associates 50th, P.O. Box 303, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

Online, you may also bid for a chair. Online bidding will open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. Visit the above website link for bidding and photographs of all 15 chairs.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $200 See the full range of sponsorships at the website.

Since Chairs for Charity is a “traveling exhibit,” if for some reason you miss it in Idyllwild, you can still catch the exhibit at the La Quinta Museum from April 10 to May 20, at 77885 Avenida Montezuma. The reception will be held there from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3.

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