The Needham Merchants Association's 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 Liz Gribin, whose chair can be seen at the .
For a full list of chairs, artists and locations, .
Title: "Bluebird Of Happiness"
Artist: Liz Gribin
Find it at: , 570 Hillside Ave.
Why did you decide to participate in this project? I have always liked to participate in good causes using my painting.
What was your inspiration for the piece? The title is from a song written in 1934 during the Great Depression to bring hope to the country. I always loved that song and thought we could use a little hope during this difficult economic time with many people out of work.
What is your background as an artist? I have been painting all my life. I started as a child in New York City, where I went to art school at a young age and later got my degree in painting at Boston University, studying under David Aronson.
What is your medium of choice? I paint mostly figurative works, acrylic on canvas.
Where can someone see more of your work? My work can be seen in numerous galleries, including Newbury Fine Arts, 29 Newbury St., Boston, and others. I have a studio at here in Needham where I also show my work. You can also find my work online at www.lizgribin.com.