Chair Affair 2009 Raises $90,000+ for Community Warehouse

Resurrection Chair 2009 by J.Paradisi

SOLD! Resurrection Chair 2009 by J.Paradisi for The Chair Affair

 With 80  local artists participating, the 3rd annual Chair Affair raised over $90,000 for Portland’s Community Warehouse. I’ve been told that this year, “Everything sold.”

     Thank you to everyone who came out to support this event that provides funding for families needing a helping hand.

Joe on the Go: Fox 12 Oregon Covers the Chair Affair

resurrection-chair-2009-007Joe on the Go  from Fox 12  Oregon has a video spot featuring Portland’s Community Warehouse and it’s upcoming fundraiser,

The Chair Affair. Click on

to see the video.

Anka Gallery & PH Reed’s Host Chair Affair First Thursday Receptions April 2nd

Side View of Resurrection Chair 2009 Artist: J.Paradisi

Side View of Resurrection Chair 2009 Artist: J.Paradisi






You are invited to


Thursday April 2

nd 6-9pm at

ANKA Gallery

(325 NW 6



th St.)


PH Reed



(NW 11th & Glisan)


Artists’ chairs from Community Warehouse’s annual event,


view chairs & event details:

Resurrection Chair by Julianna Paradisi for The Chair Affair 2009

Resurrection Chair (2009) wood. Artist Julianna Paradisi

Resurrection Chair (2009) wood. Artist Julianna Paradisi

            Created exclusively for the 2009 Chair Affair, Resurrection Chair is a dialogue between the forces of creation and destruction. It is unclear whether the chair is emerging from the driftwood, or decomposing into it. It is a reminder that everything comes from somewhere. There is no cause without an effect.

            The driftwood comes from the banks of the Willamette River. Treated with polyurethane, Resurrection Chair might withstand mild weather conditions, in a garden, or on a porch, providing a variety of display options indoors, or out. Consistent with the chair, there is no guarantee.

                Resurrection Chair by artist Julianna Paradisi, is  displayed at Anka Gallery 325 NW 6th for a First Thursday Reception 6pm-9pm April 2, 2009 , and the first three weeks of April, along with many other chairs. Some chairs are also on display ath PH Reeds (NW 11th & Glisan) and at Mario’s (SW Broadway) in April.

     Resurrection Chair will be auctioned for the benefit of Portland’s Community Warehouse on April 23, 2009 at Staver Locomotive along with chairs and other goods from more than eighty local artists. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on-line from the Community Warehouse website or by phone: 503.274.4750.

M.C. Pasinski Chair Part of This Year’s Chair Affair

Artist Spotlight: M.C. Pasinski

By Julianna Paradisi

                 (This interview was originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Oldtown Chinatown Crier)

Morgan Pasinksi's Chair for the Chair Affair 2009(photo coutesty of M.C.Pasinski)

Morgan Pasinksi's Chair for the Chair Affair 2009 (photo courtesty of M.C.Pasinski)


Morgan Cole Pasinski’s paintings have an elegant simplicity that belies their creation. Worked in oil, wax and pencil, her surfaces vary from transparent and glass-like, to so textural, they almost invite touch. Morgan acknowledges this observation: “I spend the majority of my time on the backgrounds by adding paint and scraping it off until it looks like nothing I could have done intentionally.” She finds inspiration in the yin/ yang of old walls and sidewalks, ugly and beautiful with their patinas of passing time. Finishing the background, Morgan then sits and stares at it until an image takes shape. Rendered in simple lines, sea creatures, figures, and familiar household items overlie the background surfaces of her paintings.

Morgan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Washington University in 2000. Transplanted from Bellingham, Washington, her studio is in the Goldsmith Blocks Building in Old Town and is open to the public each First Thursday. In April, she is a participating artist in The Chair Affair, an art auction benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse. Visit Morgan’s website to learn more about her work.

 Morgan contibuted a chair for the 2009 Community Warehouse Chair Affair auction April 23 at the Staver Locomotive in NW Portland. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Community Warehouse by calling 503.274.4750 or on their website:                   











The Chair Affair, Benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse

I found this article and it’s reproduced it here. I’ll have more information about the Chair Affair and photos of my chair, in upcoming posts. — February 24, 2009 — Walking into Kristy Wood’s office, you’ll notice an abundance of chairs. In addition to the dozen mismatched cast-offs surrounding a large conference table, there’s another dozen along one wall, stacked three rows deep, each one with it’s own name, and personality. And more chairs are on the way.”Welcome to my world,” jokes Wood, executive director of Community Warehouse in NE Portland, as she surveys the crowded room. “Aren’t they fantastic?”The chairs Wood is referring to are the main attraction for Community Warehouse’s annual fundraising event, the “Chair Affair” slated for April 23rd at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland. Over the past few months, ordinary seats plucked from the Warehouse’s inventory of donated goods were transformed into works of art by 80 local artists, who used painting, weaving, sculpting, and welding to make their signature pieces.

Julianna Paradisi is one of more than 30 artists returning to the event this year. She loves the “grassroots feel” of the Community Warehouse, which relies on a small staff and many volunteers to supply more than 65 households a week with free furniture and basic household goods. “How can you not support an organization like that?” says Paradisi, who chose to rebuild a small wooden chair using driftwood from the Willamette River.

The “Chair Affair” is a family affair for first year participant Ann Munson, who recruited her son, Andy, and daughter-in-law, Jenny, to create three, unique pieces of art.

“When I heard about the event from a Warehouse volunteer, I knew I had to get involved,” remarked Munson, a professional artist who works out of her greenhouse in West Linn. Stating that she works best under pressure, Munson is still torn between sprucing up an old armchair with paint and collage, or creating a peacock planter from a vintage steel chair.

Finished chair projects are due to the Warehouse by March 5th, and will be displayed during the month of April at the Anka Gallery in NW Portland, and at Mario’s downtown. The auction event is open to the public, and tickets for $50.00 can be purchased through the Community Warehouse, 503-274-4750.


The Community Warehouse, located at 2267 N. Interstate, is a nonprofit organization that partners with over 90 local social service agencies to distribute free furniture and basic household items to 65 households in need each week. Donations are accepted seven days a week, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Attached Media Files: ChairAff.Release2.docx

An Interview with J.Paradisi

What medium(s) do you work in?

     Primarily, I paint. I’ve exhibited work in sculpture, collage, and knitted wire. I dabble at printmaking.  And, I’m a writer. I choose the medium during the artistic process, based on a call and response from the concept I’m working with.

Please describe the connection of your work as a nurse and an artist: how did you become inspired to start expressing themes from your nursing work in your art?

     I’m an artist who earns her living as as a nurse. I look to convergence, irony, transformation, and the ephemeral for themes and healthcare is a goldmine of these topics. In twenty-two years of nursing, I’ve developed skills of observation that are necessary for nurses and artists. As a pediatric nurse, many of my small patients were voiceless, and an ability to read body language and facial expression was as crucial to an accurate assessment as reading vital signs.  I’ve found that working with adult patients is not much different. Many want to avoid hospitalization, or bothering me, and often answer “how are you doing?”  with “Fine”, when I can clearly read fatigue or pain on their faces.  I find they appreciate that I pay that sort of attention to them. An artist needs the same level of observational

"Supplant" J.Paradisi 2008

"Supplant" J.Paradisi 2008

 skills to reveal truth in their art. Leonardo DaVinci saw the connection between health science and art. It wasn’t until much later in art history that the two seemed to become polarized.

How long have you been in Old Town Chinatown? How did you come to be a part of the neighborhood?

     Last winter I unexpectedly needed to relocate my studio. My husband found this one in the Goldsmith Blocks on Craig’s List, and I moved in mid-January 2008.

What do you like best about being in the neighborhood?

     The people I’ve met. There’s a lot of support for artists. I also love rarely needing a car. Growing up on Catalina Island, I knew everyone and walked everywhere. Old Town provides me with the same sense of community I had back then.

Who are some other artists that you work with? What do you like best about their work?

     Morgan Pasinski and Matt Condron are two in our Collective. Morgan’s oil paintings are elegant in their nostalgic simplicity. When you look closer, her surfaces are distinctive, varying from transparent and glass-like, to so textural that I have to keep myself from touching them.

     Matt’s paintings create a psychological environment, luring me into the image. I marvel at his flawless surfaces of nearly invisible brushstrokes.

When/where will your work be displayed this spring?

     I have paintings on rotating display at Pearl District Dental, 1211 NW Glisan, and in April, I  participate in the annual Chair Affair, benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse

     New Lives: Nurses’ Stories about Babies, includes my short stories Icarus Again and Voyagers. The book is currently available for preorder on, Barnes & Noble, and Target. I believe it is available locally at Powell’s, following its release in May 2009.