Adirondack chair

AIRdirondacks 2016

If you want to sit on it you need to BID on it!

Airdrie artist Kelsey Knock

Self-taught Airdrie artist Kelsey Knock is using pyrography (wood-burning tools) to create her chair.

Truer words were never spoken – and this year anyone can get in on the bidding action for the 2016 edition of the AIRdirondack Art Project. There is no gala this year; instead, Creative Airdrie has created an online auction and anyone can get in on the bidding action commencing Sept. 9 and closing Oct. 2 at

This is Creative Airdrie’s only major fundraiser of the year. In past years the chairs have raised upwards of $24,000 for the arts organization that created and organizes the annual ARTember Festival.

All 12 chairs will be available for viewing in person during the month of September, starting at AirdrieFest Sept. 10, and around town at various locations including Airdrie Public Library and City Hall. All chairs will also be on display at Culture at the Creek Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

This year, the artists represent an eclectic mix of genres which means the chair designs offer plenty of options on which to bid.

There are 10 adult-sized chairs, featuring the work of artists Zach Abbott, Kirk Dunkley, Kelsey Knock, Erin Brekke Conn, Ellis Bartkiewicz, Elizabeth Hall, Deepa Mittimani, Beau Ryan, Shawn McPherson and Brenna Miller.Airdrie art

Back by popular demand, renowned special effects artist Amanda Tozser, who is licensed to reproduce Marvel and Disney characters, is creating two youth-sized chairs. Watch for a prehistoric theme for boys and a Disney villain for the girls!

The chairs give their creators a new medium on which to practice their talents and the artists are excited to share their work.

I love Airdrie and its growing support of the arts, and to be a part of that and share my art with our community is wonderful!

Calgary graphic artist Beau Ryan (and top-10 finalist in the Big Rock Eddies) is creating a chair with a “gorgeous night sky with the Milky Way overhead and silhouetted trees all around. My hope is to fill people with a sense of wonder only a star-filled sky can.”

Airdrie artist Brenna Miller is roaring back (literally) with her second chair featuring a tiger theme. “I feel lucky to get to paint a third chair for this project. This year I’m showing a very different side of my painting style so I’m very excited to share that with everyone.”

Artist Zachary Abbott

Contemporary artist Zachary “The Zaé” Abbott is pumped to be back designing a chair, working with aerosol paints, acrylic and hot glue to create a stained-glass-inspired look.

Another Calgary artist, Deepa Mittimani, is bringing monarch butterflies to her chair, while Airdrie tattoo artist Elizabeth Hall (featured in this issue on page 20) is creating a modern watercolour inspired by tattooing nature. “I was ecstatic to hear I had been chosen this year! I love Airdrie and its growing support of the arts, and to be a part of that and share my art with our community is wonderful!”

Erin Brekke Conn, another artist previously featured in airdrielife, creates funky pointillism works of nature and her chair promises to be no exception in its vibrancy.

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