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Rockin' fundraiser adds color to Chambersburg this month

July 09, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Another rockin' fundraiser in Franklin County has added color to the Chambersburg area this month.

The third Chair Parade presented by the Chambersburg Council for the Arts runs through July 26, culminating with an auction to sell the child-sized rocking chairs decorated by area artists.

Thirty-one rocking chairs are on display at Chambersburg businesses, including three in the shopping centers in Chambersburg's North End.

"Lots of people benefit from this," said Theresa Bachman-Myers, director of the arts council.

Proceeds are split between the artist and arts council, the latter of which will give $1,000 to the Youth Arts Initiative's programs.

Previously, the arts council featured adult-sized rocking chairs that had been decorated.

"We actually had people request the child-size chairs," Bachman-Myers said. "They are so cute."

Wanting to feature artists in a "parade," the arts council originally considered hosting a "cow parade" like the one that first became a national public art event in 1999.

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"We actually investigated and found those fiberglass cows cost $1,500 each. That's really far out of the realm of possibility for an arts council of our size," Bachman-Myers said.

Instead, board members dreamed up the chair parade and set a goal of having 30 a year.

"We liked the idea of it being something portable and reasonably priced. ... It's a little more personal. A fiberglass cow doesn't speak to many people," Bachman-Myers said.

Ehrin Kelley of Chambersburg decorated the chair displayed at Coyle Free Library after discovering the Chair Parade last year with her mother.

Kelley, an art and fashion design major at Albright College in Reading, Pa., experimented with an "Under the Sea" theme in design class, then transferred that design to her chair.

"Everyone says it's really bright and catches your eye," Kelley said.

The chair, which won an honorable mention award, is painted with a sea horse, starfish and bubbles. A fish net hangs on the back.

Kelley's chair and the others are being sold through a combination of silent and live auctions. The live auction has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at M&T Bank, 55 S. Main St.

The first-place award went to Katie Paul's "Conjoined Souls," which is being displayed at the bank.

"I think it's a really neat thing," Kelley said. "It's a really great way to showcase our work in the community."

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