Have a heART for ART – Chairs

dilapidated chair in garden, screws, wood

Ten artists’ wildly divergent transformations of chairs wow’ed the crowd at the September 27th, 2013 opening of an Art Chair exhibit at The Frame Garden Gallery. From Olivia Lossett’s oak ‘Double X’s’ to Rosie Wynkoop’s ‘Crown Jewel’, the re-made seats are an expression of each artist’s individual interpretation of their chosen raw material.

street view of gallery

The Frame Garden Gallery


dilapidated chair in garden, screws, wood

Olivia Losett’s chair ‘Before’

Finished oak wall art with 2 X's

Olivia Losett’s chair ‘After’ –  oak wall piece “Double X’s”


old chair in grass & artist with transformed art chair

Rosie Wynkoop with her chair “Crown Jewel”

The challenge for the show was to breathe new life into an old chair (or concept of a chair) of one’s choosing. Each piece at the gallery is displayed with a ‘before’ photograph which illustrates the wide gap that the artists were challenged to fill with their creativity – and nicely demonstrating the essence of ‘Up-cycle’.

Man with black & green art chair

Gus Borneman with his ‘Space Invaders’ art chair


old chair with chickens

Amélie’s chair ‘Before’

white cabinet - closed

Amélie’s chair ‘After’ – “Boring Old Cabinet” (closed)

old chair transformed into art cabinet

Amélie’s chair ‘After’ – “Boring Old Cabinet” (open)


girl with steering wheel, car seat

Leslie Gregory’s chair ‘Before’

robot made from a car seat & steering wheel

Leslie Gregory’s chair ‘After’ – “Amber”


mound of clay & finished ceramic vessel

Josh DeWeese’s ‘Before & After’ concept of a chair


broken wood folding chair & art piece

Keith Goodhart’s Before & After – ‘Calm Chair’

wall art piece made from an old chair

Keith Goodhart’s ‘After’ – “Untitled”


woman talking about her art piece with a gallery visitor

Sarah Anderson discussing her wall piece at the gallery opening


woman with drum-woman

Traci Isaly demonstrates her interactive art chair “Woman who stands with rhythm in her belly” at the gallery


image of old red chair and artist with same chair transformed

Carla Pyle with her chair ‘Before & After’

The show runs through October 23, 2013, in case you are in Livingston, Montana looking for an entertaining assemblage of ‘Before’ & ‘After’ art chairs – at The Frame Garden Gallery. Curated by Carla Pyle and Traci Isaly.


About the Author

CarlaHey there! I'm Carla Pyle. I love the stories that our furniture tells. For me a picture of my Granddaddy Milton's green upholstered arm chair brings to mind the vivid rhymes & colors of 'The Cat in the Hat' and his soft low voice in the telling. I love too that there is always an element of nature in furniture - the warm-toned curving grain of a walnut leg or the reflection of life in a mid-century chrome piece. The best part of teaching & sharing natural upholstery is that it ties all of these things together. Stories - of individual experience and of the planet - help us build happy & healthy homes.View all posts by Carla →

  1. sarah andersonsarah anderson10-10-2013

    Thanks Carla, This came together beautifully!

  2. shellyshelly10-10-2013

    FANTASTIC!! You are my hero!!

  3. colleen storycolleen story10-10-2013

    And to think they all fit into that space, well done show, enjoyed it and the brie was yummy,too!