It is once again time to keep old metal chairs out of landfills by turning them into art. The Third Annual Chair-ish Maui Recycled Art contest launches Feb. 1. The contest, sponsored by Makawao Union Church, not only helps keep chairs out of landfills, it raises funds for the restoration and maintenance of the church’s 100-year-old Community Hall with a $15 entry fee.
Participants are encouraged to let their creativity flow while decorating a rusty folding chair with any material imagined—except electricity. The only requirement is that the chair has to fold and unfold when completed. Old chairs are available at the church every Sunday from 11:30am to noon from Feb. 1 to Mar. 22. Decorated chairs must be returned to the church on Mar. 28 for judging.
Last year, the church supplied 23 chairs and 13 were entered in the contest. Jim Hestand won First Prize with his “Ode to Jackson,” a color splash piece in the style of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. Amy Mathis won the People’s Choice award for her chair-art titled “Fairies Among Us.”
This year’s winners will be announced at Aloha Hour on Sunday, April 5; artists do not have to be present to win. Decorated chairs will be on display at the church until April 19. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Joy Webster at 808-572-6303.
Photo Courtesy of Makawao Union Church