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    The Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest featured more than 20 chairs reclaimed and repurposed.
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    This chair by Lori Jackson, Race City Scholarship Director, incorporates her grandmother's buttons.
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    Chair by Whitney Hairston: "I love to feel inspired by anything I can and am always looking around me for ideas," she says.
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    Chairs by Lori Jackson (L) and Amanda McCorkle. Proceeds from the silent auction will help fund a venue for the Race City Pageant.
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    (L-R) Denise Dumford and Lori Jackson at theThe Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest.
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    'Dropped Call' by Flavia Lovatelli featured pages from the phone book.
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    The Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest was held at the Mooresville Town Square Shopping Center.
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    The Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest featured more than 20 chairs reclaimed and repurposed in imaginative ways.
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    Mooresville Mayor Chris Montgomery sings some James Taylor tunes at the The Artisan Market in Mooresville.
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    (L-R) Amanda McCorkle and Sabrina Nicander created almost half of the chairs at theThe Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest.
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    Erin, 9, Camryn, 3 and their mother, Barbara, look at chairs that were part of The Artisan Market - Sitting Pretty Contest featuring more than 20 chairs, repurposed in imaginative ways.

Sitting Pretty for Scholarships

By Laura Mueller

Posted: Friday, Sep. 09, 2011

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Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.

The Mooresville-Race City Scholarship Program, together with the Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, held its first “Sitting Pretty...for Scholarships” Silent Auction on Aug. 19.

The event, held at the Artisan Market in Mooresville, featured chairs of all shapes and sizes. Each chair had a name and story. Local artists and creatives designed new life into reclaimed chairs using everything from buttons to jewels and phone book pages to feathers.

Community members and vendors supported the event by donating the chairs. Sabrina Nicander and Amanda McCorkle, vendors at the market, created nine of the 22 chairs that were on display. Lori Jackson, program director, used her grandmother’s antique buttons to create the stool titled “Buttons & Blooms.” Flavia Lovatelli created her chair “Dropped Call” using pages from a phone book.

Proceeds from the event will support The Miss Race City Scholarship Pageant. The pageant is a part of the Miss America Scholarship Program. Miss Race City 2012 will compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in Raleigh next June.

The Artisan Market is held the first Friday of each month from 5-9 p.m. at Mooresville’s Town Square shopping center. The free arts and crafts venue includes music, unique handcrafted jewelry, soaps, paintings, pottery, candles, clothing, baked goods, jellies and more.

http://theartisanmarket.net; www.missracecity.com.

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