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Tucker’s love of animals and the Indiana outdoors gave her the idea for her chair.

Tucker’s love of animals and the Indiana outdoors gave her the idea for her chair.

By Abby Walton

On Nov. 7, local and student artists from around Indiana will see their works of art auctioned off for a great cause. In its sixth year, the CHAIRish the Children event lets artists paint unfinished chairs to help raise money for The Villages. This is Indiana’s largest, private human services organization which helps more than 1,400 local foster children and their families every day. This year’s event will represent several artists, including Jenny Tucker of Zionsville.

“I loved the idea, because it gave me the chance to create a new piece of art that was specific to the event. Plus, The Villages is such an important and worthwhile organization, I was happy to be a part of it in some way,” Tucker said.

Tucker owns an art studio called A Space to Create at 65 E. Cedar St. #3 in Zionsville where she teaches art to children and adults.

“My students, as young as 3-years old, learn about the great artists who inspire us to make art, and can tell anyone who asks what the primary and secondary colors are as well! I think it’s so important that children are given the opportunity to be creative on their own terms with the proper instruction, not told what to draw or how to draw it,” she said.

With her love of art and children, Tucker said creating this piece for the CHAIRish event was a perfect fit. Tucker’s piece features a cow on the seat of the chair, which she said was inspired by the landscape of Indiana.

“Since moving back to Zionsville from Chicago in 2006, I have found my passion for the open landscape and colors of Indiana’s sky and fields. I’m a frustrated farm girl, and have always loved animals, so putting cows into my paintings (and onto my chair) was natural,” she said. To learn more about the CHAIRish the Children event, visit www.villages.org/special-events/chairish-the-children/.

CHAIRish the Children • 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8 • Lucas Estate Sports Pavilion • 1143 116th St., Zionsville • Tickets are $60 each or two for $100 • For tickets, call 800-874-6880 • http://www.villages.org/special-events/chairish-the-children/

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