FREEPORT — Teenagers, professional artists and parents donated their artistic abilities to paint 40 solid maple chairs that will be auctioned on Sunday, March 29, at the Freeport Community Center.
The Sitting Pretty Event is a benefit for the Port Teen Center, a safe place for teens from Freeport, Pownal and Durham to relax, study and spend time with friends. The Port also offers educational opportunities for teens, field trips and social events.
Sarah Davenport, teen center coordinator, said the chairs turned out beautifully. The paint was donated by Sherwin Williams in Yarmouth, and the chairs were a donation from the Corsican Restaurant in Freeport.
“There were high school and middle school artists and professionals who participated in the event,” she said. “The majority will be used in the silent auction and a handful will be in a live auction.”
Christine Tilton, a junior at Freeport High School and a member of the Port teen advisory board, created a chair called “Midnight Lyrics.” It is painted dark blue with light blue swirls and covered with a few lyrics from her favorite songs.
“I love music, so I stamped some of my favorite lyrics on the chair,” Tilton said. “It took a really long time, but was a lot of fun.”
Valerie Geredien, parent and member of the adult advisory board, said the chairs can be viewed at Town Hall, the library, the Middle School, the teen center and a few businesses around town.
“The spirit behind this project is so wonderful,” Geredien said. “It has so much momentum and is getting support from the community. It shows what folks can do, and how far art extends.”
According to Davenport, 100 people have already expressed interest in the auction.
“This has been a fun project with a lot of community involvement and support,” she said.
The auction is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, and will include music, refreshments, live and silent auctions, and raffles. Tickets are $10 each or $25 per family, and can be purchased through the Freeport Recreation and Community Education at 17 West St., or by calling 865-6171.
For more information or to view all the painted chairs, visit theportteencenter.org.
Christine Tilton, a high school junior and contributor to the chair art auction, stands behind her creation, “Midnight Lyrics.” The chair on the left is called “Share the Chair,” created by Katherine Harding; the one on the right is “Corsican” by Louise Price. The chairs will be auctioned on Sunday to benefit the Port Teen Center. (Anderson photo)