Sunday, October 7th marked our third annual furnARTure signature event at the beautiful Bigham Knoll campus in Jacksonville. The Cutler Investment Group has transformed an old school gym into a stunning banquet hall, which held a full house of 250 smiling, chatting guests who strolled the room, viewing live and silent auction Studio art work and striking, up-cycled, redesigned furniture from some truly talented local artists, including “Books I’ve Never Read,” an armoire by Chandra Hayes, “Where the Wild Things Sit,” a richly-painted chair by Ellen Cholewa, and “La Derniere Mode,” a hand-painted end-table by Studio Artistic Director Dan Mish.
Studio artist Simone-Renee shared her story and explained what The Studio means to her; “The Studio is very good for me, it’s fun, and I enjoy it. I take the bus to the Studio all by myself, and I feel proud and independent.” Afterwards, Simone-Renee’s piece, entitled “Springs Eternal”, sold in the live auction for $1,600, the highest price yet paid for a Studio artist’s work. Congratulations, Simone-Renee!
In addition to the live and silent auction, there was a singular and unique raffle item–a beautiful, custom-painted wine rack by artist Gabriel Mark Lipper, filled with over $1,000 worth of wine! Congratulations to Gwyn Lema, who had the winning raffle ticket!
Thanks to everyone who came and made the third annual furnARTure the dazzling, beautiful event it was, and for helping us to raise more than $31,500 for the Studio at Living Opportunities! If you are interested in participating in next year’s furnARTure event, either as an artist or as a member of the Planning Committee, please contact Baylee LaVoie at 541-772-1503.