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Chair auction leaves school sitting pretty

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson
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The chair it’s not just for sitting anymore.Chairs can recline at the pull of a handle. They can be used to change a light bulb. At the hands of Bobby Knight, a chair can even fly.But a collection of chairs sitting at WestStar Bank is destined for a higher purpose.Using charisma and style, nearly a dozen chairs may make a difference for children specifically students at Glenwood Springs Middle School.”I’m sure people would love to have these chairs,” said Nancy Eide, coordinator of the school’s Chair Silent Auction. “The community just loves them.”During the annual silent auction, custom chairs hand painted by local volunteers attract bids starting at $125. The auction is raising money for digital projectors that work with interactive whiteboards and Web links for three GSMS classrooms.”These make it easier for instructors to teach using the Internet in group settings,” said Mandy Gauldin, a volunteer chair artist whose daughter attends GSMS.

Until Dec. 4, banking institutions throughout the valley including Alpine, US and WestStar banks will display nearly a dozen creative chair designs in their lobbies. Gauldin and her family submitted the black-and-orange Harley Davidson chair, complete with mufflers and silver studs for this year’s auction.”It’s kind of a showstopper when you come in,” Gauldin said. “This is more fun than sending your kids door-to-door to sell pizzas.”Janette Macaulay, a mother of three whose 12-year-old attends GSMS, painted two chairs in the auction. “Babycakes” is a black and lime-green children’s chair adorned with rope and the word “mine” painted in script. “Deux” is an upholstered country French piece painted a crackled red-and-rust color.”I hate to proclaim myself as an artist. It’s so subjective,” Macaulay said. “I guess I just grew up with Play-Doh. When I have time, on my wish list of things to do, I like to paint and create.”

Macaulay likes to volunteer her time to the chair auction for the creative outlet. She minored in art at the University of Colorado-Boulder and took classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.But what’s most important to Macaulay is sitting in on the fundraiser as a mother.”My biggest accomplishment is actually my kids,” said Macaulay, a former elementary school teacher. “My biggest career that I love is being a mom.”Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.com



The annual Glenwood Springs Middle School Chair Silent Auction is now in progress. The chair display will be on rotation at the following banks:• Through Oct. 27: WestStar Bank, Glenwood Springs• Oct. 27 through Nov. 3: Alpine Bank, Basalt• Nov. 3-10: Alpine Bank, Willits • Nov. 10-17: Alpine Bank, Carbondale• Nov. 17-27: Alpine Bank, Glenwood Springs• Nov. 27 through Dec. 4: US Bank, Glenwood Springs:• Final bids 3 p.m. Dec. 4: Glenwood Springs Middle School


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