Welcome to "Life is GREAT on Highway 8!", sponsored by the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. Each of the 5 cities along the Highway 8 Corridor in Minnesota, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls, has a large oversized, brightly-colored Adirondack-style chair. There are also 37 artistically-designed chairs outdoors at sponsor locations along the Highway 8 corridor available to buy through a silent auction. Silent auction bids will be updated periodically. Click on photos to learn more .

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Press Release for Chisago County Press – August 29,  2013
  
Highway 8 Chairs -  Bidding Ends September 3rd at Noon
 
The Highway 8 art chairs will be on display only through Labor Day weekend.  The silent auction will end next Tuesday at 12 Noon.  This will be your last chance to own a one-of-a-kind, Adirondack-style chair painted by a talented local artist.  By buying one of the chairs, you will make a tax-deductible donation to our Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation.  Proceeds will be invested in a Community endowment fund, then reinvested in our community through an ongoing grants program for the arts, parks, and many other needs thoughout the area. 
 
Bids can be made at any of the local businesses hosting a chair – choose your favorite, then visit that business and make your bid.  Winners will be notified on or after September 3rd, and arrangements will be made to have a board member meet the highest bidder at the host location to make payment and take the chair home.   
Thank you to everyone who has embraced the “Life is GREAT on Highway 8″ slogan, and this campaign to support our local businesses, highlight local artists, bring our communities together and create a sense of pride!   
If you haven’t seen the 37 art chairs yet, be sure to do so this weekend.  Maps are available at hosting business locations.  More information, including updated bid amounts for each chair, is available online at www.highway8chairs.com.  The art chairs, and 5 brightly colored, oversized chairs are located in each of the five cities along the Highway 8 corridor in Minnesota – from Chisago City to Taylors Falls. 
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend, and remember – by bidding on a chair you will help make this project a huge success and benefit the Chisago Lakes area for years to come. 
 
 
PRESS RELEASE – 6/30/2013
Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation
PO Box 449
Lindstrom, Minnesota

 

In 2013, the Chisago Lakes Community Foundation is championing a Highway 8 Chairs project, as part of its “Life is GREAT on

Highway 8!” campaign.  Local businesses and organizations are sponsoring modified adirondack-style chairs that were built locally and painted by area artists.  The chairs will be displayed along the Highway 8 corridor, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls, from July 1st through Labor Day, September 2nd.   They will be sold to residents and visitors, via an ongoing silent auction, as a fundraiser for the foundation.  But the main purpose of the chairs is to encourage residents and visitors to explore Chisago Lakes, visit our shops and restaurants, and discover all that this area have to offer!  Five BIG, brightly-colored chairs are also being prominently displayed in each of the five cities along the Highway 8 corridor in Minnesota – Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer and Taylors Falls, to attract attention and as a photo opportunity for residents and visitors to the area.  (the BIG chairs are not for sale)

 

The chairs were designed by Roger Trivette, a member of the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club who volunteered his time to build a prototype,and lead a group of volunteers at the Studios of Art, on the Parmly campus.  In January, they went to work sawing and

sanding treated lumber, and assembling the chairs.  By mid-February, the first 15 chairs were ready to be primed.  The foundation planned to have 25 chairs built, but the response from local businesses and artists was overwhelming!  In the end, 37 chairs were built, and another group of volunteers came forward to build the BIG chairs, including an Eagle Scout candidate who lead the effort to build two of the oversized chairs, and prime, paint and deliver all 5 of the BIG chairs.  He had help from his scout leader and mentor, his boy scout troop and their families, and several friends.

 

This has been a community-wide effort, spanning 5 cities.  The foundation met with several local groups including the Rotary Club, Chisago Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, the City Councils and Economic Development Commissions of each of the cities and the Chisago County EDA, and other local groups to enlist their support for the project.  The foundation hopes to see an increase in tourism and local business this summer, after a few years of a downturn, and some business closings as a result of the overall economy and major construction projects along Highway 8 in Minnesota.  There is a wealth of talented artists in the Chisago Lakes area, and the foundation believes that art can mean business!  

 

The Highway 8 Chairs project will showcase local artists of all ages, and help create a sense of community pride.  Each chair is uniquely designed, and in many cases the sponsors requested a theme related to their business, or a specific artist!  The project has been fun, and hundreds of people throughout the area are already engaged in the success of the campaign.  Visit www.highway8chairs.comfor more information.  Or better yet, come visit the area, pick up a map and visit each of the chairs!  The map includes an entry form for a chance to win $200 in gift certificates to local businesses.  Or you can place a silent auction bid to purchase one of the chairs at the end of the campaign – and you’ll own a piece of art that will last for years to come!

 

Proceeds from the sale of the Highway 8 Chairs will be invested by the foundation, and the interest income will be given back to the local community in the form of grants.  The Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundaiton is an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to building lasting resources that serve the people, communities and the environment.  As such, the Highway 8 Chairs project will help the local community in the near term, with increased business and tourism this summer, and also in the long term as proceeds from the sale of the chairs help make the community a better place to live, to own a business, and to visit.

 

For more information, visit the website or contact one of the Highway 8 Chairs committee members – Brenda Palmquist (651) 208-6793, Noel Stensrud (651 428-4535 or Lou Ann Mattson (651) 398-7706.    

 

 

5/6/2013 PRESS RELEASE – from the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation

 

 

Overwhelming Community Support means “Life is GREAT on Highway 8!”

 

The Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation is very appreciative of the overwhelming support for the Highway 8 Chairs project!  Modified Adirondack-style chairs are being built locally, and 35 chairs have been assembled, sanded and primed.  They are being delivered to area artists who are hand-painting them with unique themes and bright, interesting colors.  The chairs will be displayed at sponsoring businesses along the Highway 8 corridor beginning on July 1st.  Please visit www.highway8chairs.com to see the progress that is being made!

 

The Highway 8 Chairs project is part of the foundation’s “Life is GREAT on Highway 8!” campaign to showcase area artists and increase local business and tourism.  The foundation is pleased to announce that the project is SOLD OUT!  They initially planned to distribute 30 chairs – but 35 of the unique, one-of-a kind chairs have been sponsored by local businesses!  This summer, residents and visitors will be encouraged to explore the area and view all of the chairs.  They can also bid on the chairs via an ongoing silent auction at each sponsor location, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls.

 

Prior to the exhibition, a few distinguished judges will be asked to determine 5 specific “winners”.  Those chairs will be excluded from the silent auction and displayed for a longer period of time.  The winning chairs will be sold via live auction at Art Dash 2014, scheduled for October 4, 2014 at Ojiketa Regional Park in Chisago City.  Proceeds from the sale of the chairs will be invested by the foundation, and the interest income will be given back to the local community in the form of grants.  The Chisago Lakes foundation is an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building lasting resources that serve the people, communities and the environment along the St. Croix River valley.

 

The artwork on the 35 chairs will be completed by the first week in June.  Judging will be done by mid-June, and the exhibition will begin on July 1st.  The exhibition will also include 5 very large, over-sized chairs.  One of the over-sized chairs will be placed in each of the cities along the Highway 8 corridor in Minnesota – Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, Shafer and Taylors Falls.   The 35 artist-designed chairs and the 5 over-sized chairs will attract attention throughout the summer months and into early autumn.  A portion of the funding for the over-sized chairs and event promotions has been provided by the cities, with matching funds from the Chisago County EDA/HRA as an economic development initiative.   Thank you to these organizations for supporting the Highway 8 Chairs project. 

 

The local foundation extends a special thank you to Roger Trivette, who designed the chairs, and to Roger and the volunteers at the Studios of Art workshop on the Parmly campus who helped assemble 30 of them.  Thank you to Patrick Sullivan who built the 5 additional chairs we needed to fulfill the sponsorship requests, and for his mentorship of Cody Kloetzke, an Eagle Scout candidate.  Thank you to Orris Erlandson of Lindstrom, Roger Trivette of Chisago City, and Steve and Rick Julik from Taylors Falls for building 3 of the over-sized chairs, and to Cody, Patrick and area Boy Scouts, their families and Troop leaders involved in building and painting the oversized chairs.

 

The Chisago Lakes Community Foundation encourages area residents and visitors to support all of our local business communities, and to show appreciation for their support of the Highway 8 Chairs project.  If you are interested in learning more about the local foundation, or this project, please contact the chair of the Chisago Lakes Community Foundation Board, Noel Stensrud at (651) 428-4535, or Highway 8 Chairs committee members Lou Ann Mattson (651) 398-7706 or Brenda Palmquist (651) 208-6793.

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Published in the February 7, 2013 Chisago County Press

 

 

Local foundation message is that “Life is GREAT on Highway 8!”

 

In 2013, the Chisago Lakes Community Foundation is sponsoring a Highway 8 Chairs project, as part of its “Life is great on Highway 8!” campaign.  Local businesses and organizations will sponsor chairs that are being made locally and painted by area artists.  The chairs will be displayed along the Highway 8 corridor, from Chisago City to Taylors Falls, from July through September.   They will be sold to residents and visitors, via an ongoing silent auction, as a fundraiser for the foundation.  But the main purpose of the chairs is to encourage residents and visitors to explore Chisago Lakes, visit our shops and restaurants, and discover all that this area have to offer!  Special oversized chairs will also be prominently displayed in strategic locations, to attract attention and as a photo opportunity

 

The Highway 8 Chairs project is well underway, and the foundation is currently seeking sponsors to offset the cost of materials and promotional media.  The modified Adirondack-style chairs were designed by Roger Trivette, a member of the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club who has volunteered his time to build a prototype, and lead a group of volunteers at the Studios of Art, on the Parmly campus.  They have been busy sawing, sanding, and assembling the chairs, and by mid-February, the first 15 chairs will be ready to be primed.  Once the chairs are primed with weather resistant paint, the chairs will be hand-painted by area artists, with unique themes and bright and interesting exterior paint colors

 

Members of the foundation board have been meeting with local organizations and the cities to make them aware of the campaign, which is intended to bring our communities together.  The Highway 8 Chairs project will showcase local artists of all ages, and help create a sense of community pride.

 

Expect to hear more about this campaign in the coming months!  In the meantime, if you’re interested in volunteering your time to help build the chairs, just come to the Studios of Art, 10720 282nd Street in Chisago City, on Monday afternoons from 1-4 PM.   If you want to know more about the project, or have questions about sponsorship, please contact a member of the Highway 8 Chairs Committee:  Noel Stensrud 651 257-3245, Brenda Palmquist 651 208-6793, or Lou Ann Mattson 651 257-6270.   Sponsorship forms are available at the Chisago Lakes Chamber office in Lindstrom.

 

PRESS RELEASE – published 3/7/13 in the Chisago County Press

 

 

 

Artists Needed for “Highway 8 Chairs” Project

 

The Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation is calling for local artists to show their community pride and sign up for the Highway 8 Chairs project!  Modified Adirondack-style chairs are being built locally, and several have been assembled, sanded and primed.  They are ready to be designed and hand-painted by area artists with unique themes and bright, interesting colors.  The chairs will be displayed at sponsoring businesses along the Highway 8 corridor beginning on July 1st.  Artists and sponsors will be recognized in the media, in promotional materials and on a Highway 8 Chairs website.

 

The chairs project is part of the foundation’s “Life is GREAT on Highway 8!” campaign to showcase area artists and increase local business and tourism.  Residents and visitors will be encouraged to explore the area and view all of the chairs.  They can also bid on the chairs via an ongoing silent auction at each sponsor location.

 

Prior to the exhibition, a few distinguished judges will be asked to determine 4-6 specific “winners” (categories to be determined).  Those chairs will be excluded from the silent auction, and displayed for a longer period of time.  The winning chairs may be sold at a later date.  Proceeds from the sale of the chairs will be invested by the foundation, and the interest income will be given back to the local community in the form of grants.  The Chisago Lakes foundation is an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to building lasting resources that serve the people, communities and the environment.

 

The Artist Application deadline is April 15th, and the artwork needs to be completed by May 31st.  Judging will be done in June, and the exhibition will begin on July 1st.  If you are interested in creatively designing and painting one of the chairs, or want to be a sponsor, please contact one of the Highway 8 Chairs committee members:  Noel Stensrud (651) 428-4535, Lou Ann Mattson (651) 398-7706 or Brenda Palmquist (651) 208-6793.

 

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