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Andy Chapman used the outdoors for the theme of Signworks’ glider bench and table. The items are to be auctioned at the CHAIRish the Children event on Nov. 8. (Submitted photo)

Andy Chapman used the outdoors for the theme of Signworks’ glider bench and table. The items are to be auctioned at the CHAIRish the Children event on Nov. 8. (Submitted photo)

On Nov. 8, 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 Noblesville’s Andy Chapman. Chapman, owner of Signworks in Indianapolis, created building signage for The Villages years ago and has participated in the annual fundraiser ever since.

“I got to meet them and know them and it was a great opportunity to do some things,” he said. “I didn’t want to paint it so we used the media we actually work with. We can wrap almost anything with this media including a bowling ball.”

In the past auctions, Chapman has created a toy box, bookshelf and chairs, and artist table and chairs.

“It’s just different. I ignore all their rules and do what I want,” he said. “I enjoy doing unusual stuff.”

For this year’s event, Chapman has transformed a glider bench and table with an outdoor theme with dirt, grass, flowers and a bright blue sky.

“We wanted to do something a little bit different. If they belonged outside, they needed to have an outdoor theme,” he said.

For more information, 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

www.villages.org/special-events/chairish-the-children/

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