UPDATED, Sept. 5: See the latest crop of artistically reinvented chairs created for the 2021 version of Chairful Where You Sit, sponsored by the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, (informally known as ArtsArlington). More than 30 creatives from Arlington, Boston, Somerville, Cape Cod and Maine, have contributed their efforts to help raise funds for Arlington's vibrant public art programming.
The auction ends at 9 p.m. Subnday, Sept. 5. For more info, click here >>
The chairs were viewable in person on Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon to 5, on the grounds of the Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., near Arlington Center. View online here >>
Free live music, a chance to vote for your favorite chair, and more will be on offer to the public. Chairs can be purchased through an online auction beginning at Aug. 23 and ending at Sept. 5.
12:30 - 1:45pm: Live music: District Five Jazz Band
2 p.m.: Artist talk: Leslie Wilcox, creator of "Arboreal Attire"Arboreal Attire" -- one of Arlington's Public Art installations. Discover how Leslie gets inspiration from historic fashions and from the character of individual trees when making the large-scale steel mesh sculptures. See more below.
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Live music: Morningside Blues Ensemble
4:45 p.m.: Announcement: The three People's Choice Award winners will be announced.
Since 2012, this event has saved more than 400 chairs from the trash and raised significant funds to support our public art projects. New for 2021we’re accepting artistically revamped small furniture items like side tables in addition to chairs.
Have a sneak peak at the chairs:
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, join us for a free talk, tour, and Q&A with artist Leslie Wilcox, creator of "Arboreal Attire,” a public art installation of six whimsical "garments" on the grounds of the Jason Russell House.
Hear how she gets inspiration from historic fashions and the character of individual trees when making her large-scale steel mesh sculpture. Wrapped around majestic trees, her sculptural "garments" summon the spirits of the family that inhabited this historic home for generations while paying tribute to the spirits of nature.
Learn how she "tailors" and wrangles tough stainless steel with pliers and staples to evoke period styles and achieve an ephemeral appearance.
Poet Jessie Brown will join to read her original poem inspired by Arboreal Attire and the evocative Jason Russell House site, a family home for generations.
Arts commission, Chamber collaborate with businesses to spruce up town
As a vital part of the Arlington community, the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture has launched of Spruce Up, Arlington: Get Your Sparkle On!, a spring revitalization campaign in collaboration with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Following the unprecedented year behind us, this initiative aims to reconnect, restore, and revitalize the town by sparking economic vitality through the arts. The ACAC and the Chamber are looking for ways to create opportunities for local artists, beautify Arlington's business districts and help support a thriving main street.
Check out this video produced by ACMi and hosted by Sophia Titus about a new collaboration between the Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture (ACAC) aims to sparkle up the town and reinvigorate our public spaces, beautifying our streets and business districts.
Artist at Menotomy Rocks
ACAC Artist-in-Residence Nilou Moochhala, at left, met the public at her newly installed public art project in Menotomy Rocks Park on Thursday, June 17, 5 to 7 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday, June 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.
The artist talked to the new parents of a “pandemic baby,” middle school and college students, working parents, and retired seniors. Some of the stories she heard were heart-breaking. Others were inspiring accounts of public service, resourcefulness, and resiliency.
This news announcement was published Sunday, March 21, 2021, and updated Sept. 5.
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