On Saturday, October 1st, Sculpture Space will be hosting its 27th Annual CHAIRity Art Auction at the Sculpture Space Studio, 12 Gates Street, in Utica’s historic Brewery District. This special evening features original works of art and functional objects created by national, international, regional and local artists, presented in both live and silent art auctions. Many of the contributing artists are alumni of Sculpture Space’s internationally recognized artist-in-residency program. Since 1976, Sculpture Space has hosted over 520 visiting artists from 29 countries and 29 states that are as nearby as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and as far away as Japan, Iran, Australia and China. Artists are invited to come and live in Utica for two months and create new work, explore novel techniques and materials and engage with artists from other states and countries, In turn, local and regional residents, business owners, artists and art lovers not only connects with these artists to gain insight into their creative process and inspiration, but also share their unique and global perspectives. When these artists return home, they become informal ambassadors; work created while in residence in Utica is subsequently exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks around the world. The live auction will include a wide variety including decorative sculpture, paintings, lamps, furniture, jewelry, and ceramics donated by international and local artists and artisans. The always-anticipated Earth Day collection, created from repurposed materials donated by Empire Recycling, will also be available for auction. To ensure CHAIRity remains a something-for-everyone affair, the silent auction also features smaller works of art, handmade items, gift certificates, travel opportunities including a 3-day stay at Rocky Point in Inlet, and other contributions from local businesses and supporters. The presenting sponsor is Bank of Utica; please visit our website for a complete list of sponsors. Silent auction and live auction preview will be held from 4:30pm to 6:15pm, along with a cash bar, live music by Tao of the Squirrel and Soup Bone Charley, and catering will be provided. The live auction, presented by Bernie Brzostek, will start at 6:15pm. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission. Patron tickets are $100 each, which includes 1 admission ticket, a listing in the 27th Annual Patron’s Page and open bar for the evening. To reserve, please call 315.724.8381 or email email@example.com. Discounted general admission tickets are available online until September 15 for $45 at www.sculpturespace.org/chairity-2016. General admission tickets will be available at the door for $60. Support for Sculpture Space programs is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Central New York Arts Council, and the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. For additional information, please visit our website www.sculpturespace.org.