ROCKPORT, Maine — The Teen Center’s fifth annual Sitting in Style Artist Chair Auction will be held Friday, May 6, at the Rockport Opera House. The auction will offer an array of one-of-a-kind repurposed chairs designed, painted and donated by local artists. Silent auction items have been donated from area businesses, including golf for four, massage, restaurants and more. In addition to the live and silent auctions, two stools by Catherine Goggans will be raffled. Raffle tickets may be purchased from Teen Center members in front of French & Brawn weekday afternoons or at the Teen Center.
The sponsors of the event are Camden National Bank, The First, Landscape Services, Frost and Bryant, Zanca Orthodontics, Attention and Learning Pathways, Brimstone Consulting Group, CedarWorks, Cold Mountain Builders, Harvest Energy, PHI Home Designs, Rockport Family Eye Care, Seasons Downeast Designs, Viking Inc., Youngtown Inn, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Damariscotta Bank and Trust, Harbor Builders and Jaret and Cohn.
Artists participating in the event are Laurie Adams, Aaron Annis, Jane Babbitt, Kimber Lee Clark, Coastal Opportunities, Dan Daly, Alexandra Doan, Doreen Dufour, Dan Eaton/Landscape Services, Maureen Egan, Ingrid Ellison, Catherine Goggans, Caitlin Harrington, Carrie Hedstrom, Pam Jaeger, Anne Kilham, Diana Maddocks, Susan Morse, Trish Pendleton, Karen Rackliff/Rackliff Upholstery, John Sherman, Kitty Smith, Peter Spectre, Ben St. Cyr, Lorraine Streat, Bill and Barb Studebaker, Robin Swennes, Jill Valliere, Sarah Whytock, Windward Gardens, Zenith students, John Day/Unlimited Upholstery and Diane Zollo.
Proceeds from the auction help keep programs and membership free to youth in grades five through twelve. From art and music to homework help and community service — as well as the Starfire Skate Park — the Teen Center offers area youth opportunities for affirming and constructive activity in an atmosphere of mutual respect, responsibility, and belonging. Currently serving a membership exceeding 500 — with an average of 100 daily visitors, the Teen Center, an outreach program of the Penobscot Bay YMCA, fills the community’s urgent need for a safe, supervised place for youth during those critical after school hours.
Tickets to the auction may be purchased for $25 each in advance at the Teen Center, the Y or at the door on the day of the event. Many of the artists’ chairs are on display in Camden and Rockport businesses and also may be viewed at http://www.penbayymca.org/ . For information, call Marcia Roberts, YMCA development and marketing director at 236-3375.