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June 25, 2012

BISBEE, ARIZONA (June, 2012) — It’s that time of year again!  Artists, look in your basements, garages, sheds and local thrift stores for an old chair and use your skill and imagination to turn it into a work of art.  You may even find a side table, bench or bookcase. All small furniture accessories are accepted.  The Auction even welcomes artists’ chairs from out of town.
The Chair Auction is held in conjunction with the 30th Annual Bisbee Historic Home Tour, “100 Years”, Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th.   Proceeds from the sale support the Bisbee Woman’s Club Scholarship Program.  Artists split the sale price of the chair 50/50 with the Woman’s Club or may choose to donate the full sale amount.

Entry forms can be found at the Bisbee Visitor Center, P.O. Box 1642, Bisbee, AZ 85603, 520-432-3554 and may be dropped off at the center or mailed when completed to Judy Perry, P.O. Box 1721, Bisbee, AZ 85603.  Deliver finished chairs, etc., to the Bisbee Woman’s Club, 7 Ledge Avenue in Historic Bisbee, 9:00 A.M., Friday, November 23rd  The Club is featured on this year’s  Home Tour.  Chairs will remain on display Friday and Saturday with the silent auction closing on Saturday, November 27th at 5:00 P.M. sharp.  Unsold chairs must be picked up on Saturday before 6:00 P.M.

Last year’s auction saw enthusiastic bidding from visitors and locals alike.  Each year, local bidders vie for specific artist’s chars in what can be described as a frenzy of pens to paper during the silent auction.  There are favorite artists and favorite chairs that always draw the attention of local buyers.  It is such a unique opportunity to collect works of art from local artists while supporting the Woman’s Club Scholarship fund.  A $100 will be awarded for the “Best of Show” Prize.

For the proverbial traveler, contact the Bisbee Visitor Center and talk to a Concierge who will be happy to help you plan your trip.  We will help you find accommodations, choose a restaurant and plan your itinerary.  Friday, hop a train at the Queen Mine Tour and venture underground to see where copper was discovered, lunch at The Table (formerly Bisbee Grille) or Santiago’s, dine at Café Roka and overnight at the Historical Copper Queen Hotel.  On Saturday morning, browse at our local Farmer’s Market, try High Desert Market & Cafe or Jimmy’s Hotdogs for a whimsical lunch and in the cool of the evening, take an art walk up Main Street and do your holiday shopping. Stop in Optimo Custom Hatworks and find the Panama hat you’ve always wanted.  For a nightcap, kick-back at the popular Bisbee Grand Saloon or Screaming Banshee Pizza.    You may want to book a room at the School House Inn Bed & Breakfast or the Calumet and Arizona Guest House for a quiet night’s sleep and wake up to the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and an array of breakfast victuals.  Before you leave, check out the Lavender Jeep Tour or the Bisbee Trolley Tour and discover places you’d never knew existed in Bisbee.  For local culinary delights stop at Killer Bee Honey and Bisbee Olive Oil to sample their wares.  Visit www.discoverbisbee.com for official tourist information,

                Nestled in the mile-high Mule Mountains, Bisbee is located 90 miles southeast of Tucson and offers many local attractions, museums, antique shops, art galleries, fine restaurants, sidewalk cafes and unique lodging.


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