The Norman Transcript


February 3, 2012

The ONE event is coming to town with chairs

NORMAN — The unexpected will be the center of attention at the Norman Art Council’s ONE fundraiser in March: chairs.

On March 31, a night to highlight Norman’s visual and performing arts, area artists’ work — in the form of chairs, stools and ottomans — will be auctioned off to support NAC’s operating and programs budget.

Erinn Gavaghan, NAC executive director, said chairs donated from local artists will be hung on the wall. The silent auction for each piece will begin at $50.

“I’m hoping to see a huge range,” she said about the styles of chairs submitted. “I’m really dreaming that someone is going to bring us, like, a big chaise lounge they’ve done something with — like put a horse head on it or something. I dream big, though.”

Michael Bendure, board member for Norman Arts Council, said the council asked artists to use chairs for the auction as both a way to provide the artists with a creative opportunity, as well as a way to showcase that the same medium or subject can still reflect the diversity of the community.

“To take an ordinary object that everyone uses and make it into art — I think it’s one more way to show the creativity behind the Norman Arts Council, and show how they take the simplest things in our community and make them have meaning, worthwhile and have cultural meaning for the community,” he said.

NAC is currently accepting submission forms for chairs from artists, prominent community members and groups, she said. Submission forms can be found online at

The council hopes to have between 20 and 30 pieces to auction off, Gavaghan said.

Between the auction and ticket sales, Gavaghan said the council is hoping to raise approximately $20,000 from the event to go towards operational costs. Without the support from the community, the council would be unable to do even the most basic of things — like pay the electricity bill.

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