The annual Santa Maria Public Library Painted Chair fundraiser is known to bring out unique and intricate work from local artists, and a piece this year inspired by the "Game of Thrones" series is no different.
The event asks local artists, with the help of sponsors, to decorate chairs that represent books. The chairs are raffled off in support of the library.
"Some of them will do a book that is one of their favorites and then go from there," said Laura Selken, of event's organizing committee. "Some of them, they are able to see a piece of furniture and think of what would go with it."
The public is invited to view the chairs and purchase raffle tickets to be placed in a bucket in front of the chair they would like to win.
Jean Quintana is a regular participant in the fundraiser who is known for her ornate projects. This year, her chair represents her love of the book and TV series "Game of Thrones."
"I love the challenge of building something that has to do with a story," Quintana said.
She came up with the idea from a throne described in one of the books that represents the House Tyrell.
Author George R.R. Martin describes the throne as being a living tree that has grown and been shaped into a throne, and Quintana built a very specific replica to represent the author's description.
"It’s mixed media," Quintana said. "I used paper mache, wood, glass, and I actually used redwood bark chips, Quintana said. "And coats and coats and coats of paint."
The book with Quintana's chair is "The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones."
This is her third year of being involved with the fundraiser, and she said she participates out of a love for books and the library.
"I really support the Santa Maria library and all they do for the community," Quintana said. "Books are our jewels."
The chairs vary in size, shape, artistic medium and theme. They are inspired by well-known favorites like the Harry Potter series, "No, David!" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" as well as newer titles such as "Fifty Shades of Grey."
There are books for all ages and interests represented. Some artists even added secondary furniture pieces to their presentations, such as the artist who created a desk and chair inspired by "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."
The desk has words from the story etched into it, and each drawer opens to a new sea creature or nautical symbol.
"They’re all so talented," Selken said of the artists.
Two quilts will also be raffled. One illustrates the well-known ship symbol of Santa Maria, and another was inspired by the book "The Color Purple."
They are all displayed in the Town Center East on the second floor of the mall across from The Cookie Cookery. Raffle tickets can be purchased individually for $1 or six for $5.
The final drawing will take place Friday at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the library shop at 868-9933.
Abby Hamblin covers city government in Santa Maria and Guadalupe for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter: @AbbyHamblin.
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