Save the Date!
Friday May 29th
The Avalon Theatre
The Avalon stage will be rockin’ on May 29, but not with musicians or drums or electric guitars. Local art will take the stage and will blow you away as originality, functionality and charm mingle passionately in Talbot Humane’s second annual “chairity” auction. Rock On Talbot Humane will feature 20 one-of-a-kind, hand painted chairs for live auction to benefit the shelter animals at Talbot Humane. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include an uncommon and exceptional silent auction, delicious food, cash bar, and of course, the Avalon milieu.
“Local artists put their hearts and souls into painting these chairs,” said Susan Langfitt, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator for Talbot Humane. “Every chair comes back to us transformed from the planks of bare wood they start out as into a beautiful work of art. We love to see where each artist takes this project.”
This year, Rock On Talbot Humane will auction 15 custom-built, rocking Adirondack chairs, five children’s Adirondack chairs, and a signature bench. Each is sponsored by a local business, where it remains on display for the public to enjoy until they are auctioned in May. Chairs will start appearing at local businesses at the end of April. Photos of the painted chairs also will start popping up in the coming weeks on Talbot Humane’s Facebook page, the Rock On Talbot Humane Facebook page, and Talbot Humane’s website at www.talbothumane.org.
“Last year, we raised just over $17,000 for the shelter through our live and silent auctions, and of course, we hope to surpass that at this year’s event,” said Langfitt. “It’s a wonderful way for the public to support the work we do here at Talbot Humane and take home a beautiful piece of artwork they will use and enjoy for years to come.” From the original design of the rocking Adirondack chair, hand-built in Maryland, to the custom art work, Rock On Talbot Humane chairs are worth the investment buyers put both into the chairs and into caring for our community’s homeless animals. Chairs ranged in price last year from $300 to $2,000.
This year’s project features a signature bench, which is displayed at The Academy of Arts in Easton. Painted by local artist Jonathan Crist, who often combines stain and paint to create iconic Eastern Shore scenes, this year, The Robert Morris Inn is his muse. A fun addition to this year’s auction, conducted by Buddy Foxwell of Foxwell Auctions in Cambridge, are children’s Adirondacks, which will bring a fun new element to the night, and are include a sports chair and a mermaid theme. We are certain the “Bidder’s Choice” chair will also be popular. Famed pet portrait Artist Nancy Norman VanSchaik will be creating a chair of the bidder’s choosing! Imagine your furred love immortalized on a one-of-a-kind rocking Adirondack!
Doors will open at the Avalon at 6:30 pm and the live auction starts at 7 pm on May 29. For more information on the Rock On Talbot Humane project, contact Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Thanks to Our Artists And Sponsors
2015 Rock On Talbot Humane Chair Locations
Choppy Seas by Jeff Crist sponsored by and located at Masons
Bartlett Pear Chair by Sarah Fagan & Sequoia Chupek sponsored by and located at Bartlett Pear Inn
Bidders Choice – Unpainted Chair by Nancy Van Schaik sponsored by Orion Safety Products (hosted at Avalon)
Funky Crab by Lorraine White sponsored by and located at Hair O’ The Dog
All for Rosie by Sean Wells sponsored by and located at Miranda’s
Stadium Seating by Deb Carney sponsored by and located at Crackerjacks
Dragonflies! by Bridget Whited sponsored by and located at Piazza Italian Market
Playmates by Laura Rankin sponsored by and located at Lizzy Dee
Sunflower Party by SMMHS Art Students sponsored by and located at Lacaze Meredith Real Estate
Daisy Dearie by Cherry Dearie Elizabeth Claire Salon
Flower Power by Melinda Sebastian sponsored by and located at Victory Garden Café
Seahorse by Robin Voshell sponsored by and located at Baird Wealth Management
Robert Morris Inn by Jonathan Crist sponsored by Alchemy Works (hosted at Academy Art Museum)
The Mermaid Chair by Maggi Sarfaty sponsored by and located at Bountiful
Yellow Brick Road by Ian Scott-Taylor
Field of Flowers by Diane DuBois Mullaly sponsored by and located at Gina’s Cafe
The Little Mermaid by Terri Griffin sponsored by and located at Theo’s
Advice From The Bay by Laura Wooters sponsored by Judge & Mrs. John C. North II (hosted at CB Maritime Museum)
Butterflies Are Free by Shalagh Hogan sponsored by Shore Pediatrics (hosted at Ouvert Gallery)
Good Day Sunshine by Faith Stiffler sponsored by and located at Awful Arthurs
The Hot Stuff by KC Bridges sponsored by and located at Preppy Redneck