Above / Take a stroll of downtown Naperville and find 20 attractive works of art set for sitting, showcased in store windows. Start a Dean’s Fine Clothing where artist Suzie Steinmetz created “just sitting A round” and venture north along Main Street.
The chairs have been set in store windows in Downtown Naperville.
Now through June 9, an array of 20 chairs, stools and benches redesigned by local artisans for a fundraiser to benefit Bridge Communities’ “A Chair Affair” is displayed in storefronts throughout Downtown Naperville, organizers said.
Start at Dean’s Fine Clothing, 226 S. Main Street, and venture north along Main Street. Keep walking along Jefferson, Mill, Jackson, W. Chicago and S. Washington streets until all 20 artistic creations are located while discovering what’s new in stores and restaurants throughout the popular destination.
Afterward, the community is invited to vote for a favorite at www.bridgecommunities.org.
A panel along with the voting public will select eight art pieces that will then be featured in a live charity auction on June 9 at Wentz Concert Hall. This uniquely exciting gala event features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, as well as opportunities to bid on the chair artwork during silent and live auctions. All proceeds raised during A Chair Affair directly benefit homeless families in DuPage County assisted by Bridge Communities.
The artists who created the 20 transformed chairs for A Chair Affair hail from the DuPage County area, and bring a wide range of art experience with various media, including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping, embellishments and more.
“The artists take those pieces of furniture and restore it to this beautiful piece of art, the same way that we seek to restore hope for the families that are served at Bridge Communities as they are becoming self-sufficient and breaking free from the cycle of poverty and homelessness,” said Chad Pedigo, Bridge Communities’ Special Event Manager.
Bridge Communities is grateful for its many community sponsors.
Tickets for the June 9 event are $50 and may be purchased online at www.bridgecommunities.org or by calling Chad Pedigo at (630) 545-0610, ext. 19.
Bridge Communities is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide housing, mentoring and supportive services to homeless families in DuPage County. Bridge Communities’ vision is a community where all families have safe, sustainable and affordable housing and life-long self-sufficiency. In the past 28 years, Bridge Communities has helped more than 700 families cross the bridge from homelessness to hope and self-sufficiency.
For more information, visit www.bridgecommunities.org.
Downtown Naperville hosts ‘Round Chairs’ beginning June 18
In addition to the inside exhibit called “A Chair Affair,” eighteen uniquely painted Round Chairs will dot the outdoor landscape around downtown beginning Father Day Weekend, about the same time as the vintage car show returns to Jackson Avenue Saturday morning, June 18.
Round Chairs, hosted by the Downtown Naperville Alliance, will be set at sidewalk locations all summer. Sponsored by local businesses and painted by local artisans, the chairs (like the car sculptures last summer) will be a showcase of whimsy and color. Visit all 18, pick the one you like best and cast a vote for your favorite chair via the Downtown Naperville website.
Be mindful that with all the upcoming sports lessons, ball games, exhibits, activities, runs and bike rides, little time is left for sitting in Naperville!
Enjoy a safe and healthful summer. And thanks for supporting the local business community.