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The Community Warehouse held its annual Chair Affair benefit at Staver Locomotive in Northwest Portland. Some 425 people gathered to bid on unique chair-inspired works by more than 80 local artists.

Johanna Wells
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The evening opened with a silent auction of featured artwork and concluded with a live auction called by award-winning auctioneer Johanna Wells.

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Chairs up for auction ranged from a velvet leaf-covered seat inspired by the children’s book, The Five Little Peppers, to a Portland-themed chair plastered with Portland Monthly covers and other local souvenirs.

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The Library Chair: A Unique Seat For Bibliophiles, a love seat covered in moss with old books and manuscripts springing for the ripped upholstery, was another noteworthy auction item.

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Artist Julia Barbee (right), who created the Library Chair for the benefit, chats with a friend during the silent auction.

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Big Red, a stool with collapsible legs that can extend to over nine feet tall, was created by artist Dan Birman, a student at Westview High School.

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Artist Kurumi Conley was responsible for the Mossy Chair out of cold-worked and kiln-cast glass.

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Bryan Wolf, Brenden Hyde, Sharon Swezey, Heather Barta, and Geoff Rogers (l-r) take a break from the bidding to partake of wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Guests hurry to place their final bids on a chair made from tiny sculpted carrots just before the close of the silent auction.

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The chair-themed artwork included this fierce animal-print seat, suitable for man or beast.

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City commissioner Nick Fish spoke at the close of the silent auction about the Community Warehouse and its role in providing disadvantaged families with housing and furnishing. This year’s Chair Affair helped Community Warehouse to raise $90,000.

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