The 17th annual Chair-ries Jubilee art-in-education fundraiser received a special donation from picker Mike Wolfe, Antique Archaeology in Nashville.
This year’s theme, “Chair-rie Pickers” is a play on the History Channel’s TV show American Pickers, which features episodes about self-described “modern archaeologists” who travel the country uncovering treasures that provide a glimpse at American life in the recent and distant past.
“I’ve been looking for treasures in the trash forever,” Mr. Wolfe says. “I get to experience the magic feeling that comes when I pick something truly amazing. Now through the TV show American Pickers, I can share the experience with millions of people.”
Nancy Casson, co-chairman of the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee, acknowledged the donation. “Mike’s ‘pick’ is a highlight for us and makes the connection between ‘Chair-rie Pickers’ and American Pickers.”
From his finds, Mr. Wolfe has donated a mid-century modern lime green, fiberglass swivel chair from the 1950s. It will be part of the live auction at the Friday, April 17, event at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.
“Our ‘Chair-rie Pickers’ event will give guests an opportunity to also experience the magic of picking some amazing treasures from among the pieces re-created and donated by local artists,” said Nancy Casson, co-chairman of the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee. “Best of all, it allows us to raise funds for arts activities and grants for our local schools.”
The Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce annually presents Chair-ries Jubilee. The April 17 fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and social hour, followed by a live auction at 8 p.m.