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Date: Jan 27 - Feb 03, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
What a treat! Some of the talented artists in the Pro Health Western Art Show have created something extra special this year as a way to give back!

The CHAIR-ITY auction proceeds benefit our youth livestock participants through scholarships and the Rainbow Bible Ranch (a youth camp in Meade County, SD where kids can enjoy riding horses, herding cattle and learning about a working cattle ranch).

  • Bids close at 6pm on Friday, February 3.
  • Winners MUST pick up their chairs with exact payment by 4pm on Saturday February 4 or the item will go to the next highest bidder.
  • Payment is required at pick up.
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Kathy Sigle Art - Chair-Ity auction item

When I was searching for a chair to paint on and wasn’t having any luck finding a good solid one, my friend, Anne B said “I’ve got a chair for you.” She took me to her storage shed and opened the door to a plethora of choices. When I spotted this one I immediately could envision a feather on the back splat and a horse on the seat.

Native American symbols are a tool for sending messages within or between tribes. The circle around the horses eye strengthened its senses for battle and slashes of color across the face indicated the successful defeat of an enemy village. The war bridle comprised of a loop of rope/leather that encircles the horse’s lower jaw. The loop of rope passes through the mouth in the same area that a typical bit would rest. Traditionally, the reins of this type of bridle would be long, allowing a rider to loop them partially over a shoulder so the rider could have both hands free to load arrows and shoot a bow.

The feather is seen as a symbol that signifies courage and determination. In some tribes, the feather is associated with war and hunting because it represents speed and agility.
—Artist Kathy Sigle

David Graham - Chair-Ity Auction Item

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“When Horses Talk War…Camp Cooks Could Have Trouble” (Painted in oils by David Graham)

This chair is a tribute to one of my favorite western artists, C.M. Russell. I picked two of his famous works to paint on this chair, which when placed side by side, I believe tell the progression of a story.

On the back of the chair, I’ve recreated a work that Russell painted in 1912, titled “When Horses Talk War, There’s Slim Chance For Truce”. The second painting, which I depicted on the seat of the chair, was painted in 1915, and is titled “Camp Cook’s Troubles”. Charlie painted several versions of this scene, so it is likely he either witnessed this event or heard stories about it. One of the alternative versions is titled “Bronc to Breakfast.”

Russ Duerksen - Chair-Ity Auction

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A few years ago my wife and I visited the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to enjoy the scenery and its abundant wildlife. I especially wanted to see the wild horses I heard so much about. It was fun watching the playful interaction of the colts and the bond of the mares with their young. I felt that was a great subject for this children's folding chair that I found at a second hand store in Winterset, IA. The chair reminded me of the folding chairs in the church I attended as a child.

Virginia Coudron - Chair-Ity Auction Item

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“The Running Pair”
I love watching free spirited horses running across a natural prairie unencumbered by fences. While checking my reference photos I noticed these two pintos always seem to run together. They were running along the shore of the Cheyenne River, and I just loved the background. I thought what a beautiful place to run. So, I decided the paint them in oil for the Chair-Ity Auction and put them on a round top tall stool.

Cristen J. Roghair - Chair-Ity Auction Item

This chair features my photograph, Dance With Me . I chose this image to showcase the playfulness of our prairie grasses on a child’s chair, where playfulness is often more freeing than adults remember to be.

About the photograph, Dance With Me:

Walking down the path the horses made, from the pasture to the water tank, my hands brushed the tips of the tall brome grass. The gentle evening breeze invited them to sway, the slow motion of their movement appearing as though they dance.

Photography is typically known for still imagery. In order to capture the motion of the moving grasses, I moved my camera with them. The gold tones near the roots of the grass contrasting the purples and blues in the sky made my heart rejoice.

About the chair:

I found this wooden chair at a local thrift store.

I printed the photograph on Lustre photo paper, using a template I cut out sections of the print to wrap around the chair. Coating the print with Mod Podge to protect and glue, I followed with a layer of resin. The resin both preserves the print and adds the glossy texture.

This chair is not perfect. The leg with the grass ended up with some scratches. It was then that I thought of the idea to add the grass (brome grass, which is featured in the photograph, and side oats grama) and bring it back to life. Taking what seemed ruined and creating something lovely.

I finished the wood with a few coats of stain and polyurethane.

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