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On the trail of the art chairs

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The first-ever Corridor Art Trail has become a bicycling inspiration to local residents. Twenty-one artistic Adirondack chairs are on display throughout the counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet. The project, organized by the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation in a partnership with ArtsLIVE, showcases local artists' abilities and runs through September 28.

Chairs created in Storm Lake and on exhibit here include one with a famr fields design by Dennis Dykema, shown at King's Pointe Lodge, and one with a female figure over varnish, by Mary Mello, shown at Witter Gallery. A chair with a colorful neon art deco look by Tony Curiel, Curiel/Reynolds School of Visual Arts, is on display at the Albert City Library.

For Kari and James Webb, of Spirit Lake, the Corridor Art Trail inspired a 'summertime mission.'

"We have biked to all the Adirondack chairs but one," said Kari Webb. "When we saw the map of the chairs, I realized the chairs were a bikeable distance, so it inspired a summertime mission. We plot out routes to use low use back roads to make the day an adventure!"

The Trail began with 21 blank cedar Adirondack chairs. These chairs were distributed to 21 area artists who were given complete control over manipulation of the chairs. The result is 21 works of art. The chairs were placed at host locations throughout the four counties and available for public view.

"The whole chair campaign was a cool idea!" said Webb. "It opened up the area and showed us places we had never seen before. In a way, we were on a scavenger hunt."

A map brochure of the Corridor Art Trail can be picked up at Witter Gallery and other locations, or see www.lakescorridor.com/chairs.cfm.

"We appreciate the arts in the area," said Webb. "The Art Trail encourages us to enjoy the fun things that are happening right here - beautiful area, beautiful art!"

Fifteen of the chairs are now available for online auction bidding until September 27. Chairs can be viewed and bids submitted online at www.lakescorridor.com/chairs.cfm. Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 28th and the five People's Choice Award winning chairs will be part of a live auction during Artoberfest at 2:30 p.m. during the ArtsLIVE Artoberfest at the Clay County Regional Events Center.