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Updated: 03/20/2017 08:10:03AM

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Members of the Union Congregational Church Art Club with the some of the chairs they painted to raise money for the church’ mission fund.

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Three miniature chairs, which were painted by the Art Club.

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The Union Congregational Art Club meets once a month from 9 a.m. – noon.

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From left: Union Congregational Church Art Club instructor Sharon Seymour watches as Judy Graham works on a sea scape painting.

By MARC VALERO

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AVON PARK — Flowers, animals, vibrant colors and shapes galore are decorated on chairs painted by the art group at Union Congregational Church, which created the art project to raise funds for the church’s mission fund.

The chairs, which are on display in the foyer of the church sanctuary, are up for a silent auction during the Lenten season.

During the art group’s weekly 9 a.m. to noon meeting on Friday, Heather Sparks said about 10 chairs were painted, including three miniature chairs, which are in the silent auction.

The bidding will conclude at the end of the Lenten season, which is April 15, the Saturday before Easter.

Betty Hannah, who was not present on Friday, offered the idea to paint the chairs.

Flowers are featured on a few chairs, and all display the unique talents of the members of the art club.

Art instructor Sharon Seymour said the group, which currently has about 10 members, has been meeting for about six or seven years.

“We started it as a therapy-type thing; just come and do your thing,” she said. “There is no money involved unless you become negative, then you have to put a quarter in the pot.”

The women were working on acrylic and water color pencil paintings.

Seymour said she has been doing various art work for many years. Some in the group are newcomers to art while others are prolific.

Pointing out Sparks, who was painting a bloodhound, Seymour said, “Her way of doing is, she starts from the right, goes to the left and comes out with whatever she is intending to do while other people struggle.”

Sparks, who was working from a photo of a bulldog, said, “I find something and then I make it my own picture and do my own changes.”

Seymour offers guidance for those who need it, but likes to let them do their own thing.

Judy Graham held her Smartphone in her left hand to view an image she is copying for the seascape she is painting with her right hand.

Sandra Pagoria was in the early stages of painting a sea scene on a seashell.

“I like nature and birds, which are nature,” she said.

For more information, contact the Union Congregational Church at 863-453-3345. The church is located at 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park.


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