Redo: View & Brew was held on June 14 at Ore Dock Brewing Company where artists were asked to transform broken, old, boring, and/or generally unusable furniture into functional and aesthetically pleasing pieces of art. North Coast Collective coordinated the event to benefit the Marquette Habitat for Humanity. Upon the $10 donation entrance fee, attendees of the event received one drink ticket, a variety of delicious gourmet snacks, and the ability to vote on their favorite furniture entry.
Contestants included Kimber Schumann, owner of D. Dott Dance, interior designer, Allison Clark-Nie, interior designer at Curio Design Studio, Samantha Collins, photographer, vintage clothier, lifestyle blogger, Barb Kelly, landscape designer, event organizer, founding member of the Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee Inc., and Zac Oja, carpenter and Pinterest extraordinaire. A panel of judges, comprised of Andy Gregg (owner of Bike Furniture), Karen Larson, Theresa Sell, and Elizabeth Howe awarded Kayle Snow, graphic and pattern designer and founder of Little Mitten Designs, with the Judge’s Favorite; the audience favorite was a piece by Andy Brown, carpenter at Perspective Woodworks & Design. All of the furniture pieces were sold at the event’s silent auction.
Redo: View & Brew garnered over $1,700 in donations from more than 100 generous participants and audience members and encouraged sustainability in the form of recycling old furniture. The event informed the public about Habitat for Humanity while igniting passion for creativity and giving within the community.
As I perused the gorgeous re-furbished and updated furniture, I was struck by the amount of sheer creative talent in our little Marquette. Not only that, but the extent of artistic support from the community and local businesses is truly wonderful. The event provided community members the opportunity to chat with the artists about their processes and finished pieces which I feel establishes an even deeper connection with the arts and crafts scene of Marquette. Anyone who enjoys supporting local artists and charitable organizations (and breweries!) is sure to relish an event such as Redo: View & Brew.
A follow up Redo: View & Brew is tentatively planned for May 2015.
Alright, readers, what’s the coolest piece of upcycle furniture/decoration/art you’ve ever seen? Leave a comment and/or link below!