Bidding continues on artisan furniture

A number of hand-painted furniture pieces are on display in the windows of businesses downtown. The public is encouraged to enter the stores and begin the silent auction bidding on the pieces.

Window shoppers downtown are stopping to stare at the hand-painted furniture created for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

The furniture is part of the symphony’s largest fundraiser, their annual Symphony Gala taking place Nov. 10.

More than 20 artists joined the effort to paint chairs, tables, and benches in original, bright and unique ways. The fundraiser was organized by Sara Alyn Oakley and was kicked-off during September’s First Friday Art Hop.

This is the first year that the artists have painted furniture, said Jeremy Herigstad, marketing director for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. 

Silent auction bidding for the multi-colored, functional artwork has begun and shoppers are encouraged to enter the businesses downtown to place a bid.

So far, however, bidding has been slow with only a few pieces having names on the minimum bid. There is still plenty of time to make an offer on a favorite piece, Herigstad said. The furniture will be on display downtown through Nov. 9.

The gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, said Herigstad. It raises over $50,000 per year for the organization.

Gala attendees will have the final turn to bid on all pieces.

The party includes elegant food and wine, a live auction, and dancing. Cost is $125 per person. Tickets to the event are on sale now at or by calling 243-6787.


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