Chair-ity auction

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

Seven pieces painted by local artists are in the lobby of Fifth Third Bank, 233 Washington Ave. in downtown Grand Haven. They're all up for bidding.

The auction's proceeds will benefit the foundation’s Business Education Partnerships program. Chamber of Commerce officials say it is important to connect the worlds of business and education. 

Five local artists donated their time and talents to create the auction pieces. Lori Poel painted a butterfly-covered adult chair and matching side table; Marlan Cotner has an adult chair with matching side table, titled “Olive Swordsmen”; Cheri Swanson decoupaged an adult chair in a garden theme; sisters Liz Foster and Morgan Chatman each did a Grand Haven-focused children’s chair and bench.

“As a former special-education teacher, and career and technical center consultant, I have a great appreciation for programs that assist our young people in obtaining school-to-work experiences that will better enable them to make informed career choices through practical experiences in actual business settings,” Swanson said. 

The bidding began May 15. The chairs will be available to view at the bank lobby through June 28. 

The auction will be moved to the Grand Haven Art Festival for the weekend of June 29-30, and bidding will conclude at 3 p.m. June 30.

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