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Island artists put the finishing touches on ABC auction items

By Staff | Feb 25, 2010

The C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies pictured here with their ABC Sale chair are, from left to right, Mary Jane Vinson, Barbara Fata, Pat Chipman, Diane Fugit, Pat Boris, Dena Stegmann and Anna Irvine.

The 44th annual ABC Sale is only a week away, and as the March 6 event draws near, several island artists are putting the final touches on this year’s special auction art item – a wooden chair.

This year’s themed object – aptly titled “Sitting Pretty” – is being tackled by five island artists.

The artists this year are Jan Markle, Nanelle Wehmann, the C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies of Sunset Captiva, Kym Nader (owner of Kym Nader Interiors on Sanibel) and the artists of Sanibel’s John Grey Painting.

“This will end up being the kind of chair that every island home should have,” said Nanelle Wehmann of her ABC masterpiece.

The C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies of Sunset Captiva are also hard at work.

John Grey, left, and Lance Koprowski of John Grey Painting discuss their plans for their ABC Sale chair, which include creating a custom faux finish with silver leaf.

“We’ve done this three years now and we always look forward to it. It’s exciting,” said Pat Chipman of the C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies.

“Diane Fugit and I have done most of the designing and this year Anna Irvine helped quite a bit. All the women involved are so supportive and helpful. We went back and forth trying to decide whether it should be elegant or more whimsical, and because we figured we were more whimsical than elegant, we decided to go with a whimsical design,” Chipman said with a laugh.

It’s the C.R.A.F.T.Y. Ladies endless creativity – and fantastic sense of humor – that helped them come up with a “snow bird” theme.

“We decided on snow birds because we’re all snow birds. The chair features birds who’ve decided to stop making nests and fly south to the beach,” Chipman said.

In addition to the ABC Sale’s many traditional auction items – including a firetruck ride and a restaurant package brimming with coupons for local cuisine – Trevor Nette has donated a Spitfire single-person kayak, retailing for $850.

Captiva resident Jan Markle works on her “Sitting Pretty” chair for the ABC Sale.

The Spitfire kayak weights 40 pounds and comes complete with a

paddle and a seat cushion. The winning bidder will also receive a one

hour windsurfing lesson from Ron Massay, owner of ACE Performer.

“If you can play golf or tennis, you can windsurf!” Massay said.

A unique item up for auction this year is “Sparky,” an out-of-service Captiva fire hydrant repurposed by long-time Sanibel resident and Island Water Association employee Nic Weber.

Kym Nader, owner of Kym Nader Interiors on Sanibel is employing a wood burning technique for her chair.

Other auction items this year will include a dollhouse made by Louise Tuttle, a street legal golf cart, an assortment of six fine wines from Gordon Hullar, a day of pampering at the Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique and artwork by Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Sprankle and Lauri Kaihlanen.

If you have questions about the ABC Sale, call the Captiva Civic Association, 472-2111.

Nanelle Wehmann prepares to work on her ABC chair.