Makawao Union Church’s second annual Chair-ish Maui Recycled Art Contest announced the winners of its benefit competition April 13. Jim Hestand won First Prize with his “Ode to Jackson,” a color splash piece in the style of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. The second place winner was Susan Lura, whose “Aloha Beach Chair” embraced the essence of island life. Carolyn Ziegler took third place with her untitled piece that has a futurist flavor. The People’s Choice award went to Amy Mathis for “Fairies Among Us.” Two chairs won awards in the children’s category–”Colorblock Splash” and “An Afternoon with the Cousins.”
The goal of the Chair-ish contest was to keep old rusty chairs out of the landfill and raise money for the church. The church provided entrants with an old metal folding chair that they could decorate in any manner they wished. The church supplied 23 chairs and 13 were entered in the contest that began in January and ended on April 6.
“Transforming a rusty folding chair into one that conveys a vision or gives us a laugh, diverts it from the landfill for a few more years thanks to some very creative Chair-ish Maui participants,” said Wilma Nakamura, the Chair-sh judge and coordinator of the annual Art of Trash.
The winning entries will be displayed at the church until April 27.