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‘Chairs Gone Wild’ artists announced in Spicer, Minn.; artists to pick up chairs during Friday reception

SPICER — “Adirondack Chairs Gone Wild” kicks off Friday, when 15 area artists will be given a chair during a free public reception scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Dethlefs Center in Spicer.

The artists will spend the next two months transforming, painting and decorating the chairs into a functional piece of art. The following artists have been selected for the project:

Ron Adams, Willmar

Kristin Allen, New London

Donna Jean Carver, Willmar

Violet Dauk, New London

Victoria Holm, New London

Karen Kosmos, Spicer

Terry Lewison, Spicer

Tracey Lynn, Litchfield

Suzanne Napgezek, Willmar

Andre Nelson, Rose Mount

Patt Nelson, Spicer

Sharon Schuetze, Spicer

Michele Steffen, Spicer

Kate Zare, New London

Pearl Ziegenhagen, Clements

The artists were selected after submitting previous works to a three-person jury made up of art teachers.

Their chairs will be revealed during a May 22 community event at the Spicer downtown park, where the public can vote for their favorite design. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the peoples’ choice winner.

The project is part of a series of “wild” summer events in Spicer, including “fish gone wild,” which had artists transforming wooden fish silhouettes, and “poles gone wild,” where artists painted utility poles around the city.

“Our goal is to bring beauty into the community and create good community spirit,” said Mary Wohnoutka, a member of Spicer’s beautification committee.

The chairs will be auctioned off Aug. 15 at the Glacial Ridge Winery, located at 15455 County Road 131 in Spicer.

Each artist will receive 90 percent of the auction proceeds.