© Dustin Gill
Christy Schweiger stands amongst art as she anticipates this years Chair-ity Auction event.
It’s almost time for the annual Chair-ity Auction presented by Hunger in Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. The auction begins on the evening of Friday October 19 at 7:30p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.
The auction features chairs that have been painted by local artists and groups and then donated to the museum to be auctioned off by once again special guest auctioneer Mayor Glenn Hagel.
“If there are artists who are up for the challenge this year, or want to participate next year, we welcome everybody who has a creative touch that would like to contribute a chair,” says Christy Schweiger, educational coordinator at the museum. According to Schweiger chairs would have to be donated to the museum by October 12 in order to be put on display a week prior to this years event. Artists don’t have to restrict themselves to a physical three-dimensional chair says Schweiger, “they could be pictures of chairs or even videos of chairs, we’re really trying to think outside of the box.”
The proceeds raised by the event go a long way towards helping kids, says Schweiger. “We run art classes for kids all through the year, on weekends we have kids programming and then we have another eight week program running in the new year for different aged kids. And in the summer we actually sponsor kids to come to camp. We have to pay the teachers and buy the arts supplies, so all the kinds of things the fundraiser helps.”
Doors open at 7p.m. and following the auction there will be refreshments, appetizers and live music. There will also be a silent auction held on a select group of chairs at this time as well. Schweiger says that the event is vital to help provide funding for their programs, “It’s very important," she says, "it helps kids from disadvantaged families.”