FAIRBURY – Seventy years of history are engrained into these old wooden chairs that once said in the Bonham theater in Fairbury, Nebraska. Now, they have a new beginning after various artists turned them into beautiful pieces of art, and auctioned them off at the Bonham Theater Chair-ity Auction on Friday. All funds that were raised from the auction go to putting brand new chairs in the Bonham Theater in Fairbury, which closed down in 2012. And the project of re-opening the theater, seems to be moving along nicely.
“The framing is all complete for the lobby and the bathrooms. We recently completed the exterior work—most of the exterior work. And just today… we got the new marquee installed.” Debby Ebke, a Chair-ity Auction organizer said.
Ebke says that the community support for this project has been wonderful, and it will keep growing as the project moves on.
“We’ve had support from the local community and from all across the United States from different alumni that have known about the project, so it’s been very good. The local community I’ve heard will step up and do more once they know it’s really going to open, and I think these actions that we’ve had recently will show that it’s a go.” Ebke added.
Many local artists got to showcase their work at the auction, and talk about why they feel it was important to repurpose these chairs.
“I know it’s going to be something for my future family to look forward to” Anthony Phillips, a local artist said.
And these actions of the community today, will help future generations to come.