Snoqualmie Valley artists add form to function for ‘Take a Seat for Kids’ fundraiser

Throughout Snoqualmie and North Bend, you may have seen them, hand-painted Adirondack chairs, that are part of the Encompass Take a Seat for Kids Project.

Starting in May, six pairs of chairs have been on display at local businesses in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Salish Lodge & Spa, Sigillo Cellars, North Bend Theatre, Art Gallery of SnoValley, Pioneer Coffee, and Georgia’s Bakery. All the chairs are for sale through May 31 via online bidding as a fundraiser for Encompass programs.

Artists Ronda Bergman, Renee Britz (of PostModern Purple), Emily Creed, Andrea Lewicki, Leslie Nan Moon, and Harry Roberts (of Barn Banners) each donated time and materials to transform plain Adirondack chairs, furnished by Ace Hardware of North Bend, into functional pieces of art.

All the chairs have been weatherproofed and would make one-of-a-kind additions to a porch or backyard.

While all six artists started with the same “canvas,” the results are wondrously diverse. Bergman sanded down her white chair to expose the natural wood grain and burned nature scenes into the wood, echoing her subject matter in her medium and process. Britz also channeled nature, but did it with vibrant paintings of orange flowers and dragonflies. Creed’s mandala design is simple but universal. Lewicki’s soft billowing colors envelop the viewer in a gentle, impressionistic rainbow. Moon’s chairs feature her signature linocut print method. Roberts’s chairs are a classic tribute to Americana.

Visit to learn more about the project and to bid on the chairs.