The Needham Merchants Association's "A Chair To Remember" project brings together local artists, businesses and organizations in an effort to draw more people downtown and encourage them to shop local.
Placed throughout downtown Needham, each Adirondack chair has its own theme and was painted by a local artist. The chairs will be auctioned off at an event in September, with proceeds to benefit town beautification projects and local students.
Needham Patch will be profiling some of the artists behind these creations throughout the summer. Today, we chat with Ronni and Amos Eisenberg, whose chair can be seen at Above and Beyond Furniture Consignment.
For a full list of chairs, artists and locations, click here.
Title: "Made of China"
Artists: Ronni and Amos Eisenberg
Sponsored by: Above and Beyond Furniture Consignment
Find it at: Above and Beyond Furniture Consignment, 1016 Great Plain Ave.
Why did you decide to participate in this project? We have seen other projects like this in other towns (horses, bears, etc.). What a great fundraiser and challenge for us. We knew that the majority of chairs would be painted, but we are mosaic artists and weren't even sure we would qualify to join the project.
What was your inspiration for the piece? In our work, we use a variety of products—tiles, shells, glass, beads—but mostly broken plates. A consignment store resells pieces of furniture, and we are repurposing plates.
What is your background as artists? Years ago, we purchased a glass platter that had a rim of mosaic pieces. We took a class with a mosaic artist in Waltham to find out how it was made and took off from there. It is an adventure to find colorful broken plates at flea markets and yard sales. We have even "trained" our friends to give us their broken dishes! We have made mosaic picture frames, mirror frames, planters, dining chairs and now, an Adirondack chair.
Where can someone see more of your work? We give our mosaic pieces as gifts and have donated mirrors to charity auctions. Pieces for sale are by commission. Contact us at email@example.com.
Want to own this chair? Bid on it at the auction set Sept. 29.