Red Velvet Challenge - April 6, 2019

What would you do if you were given 18-inch squares of red velvet to reimagine?

If you’re one of the area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelers, designers, etc., you’d turn those squares into something unique and/or useful, decorative and/or functional, whimsical and/or practical.

All for the Creative Challenge hosted annually by the Chester Historical Society.

Over the past years, the Chester Historical Society’s Creative Challenge has invited area artists to use artifacts from Chester’s rich manufacturing history to create items for a silent auction and reception to raise funds for the Historical Society. There have been challenges based on hooks from the Brooks factory, knitting gauges from the C.J. Bates factory, manicure sticks from the Bishop & Watrous factory, and even rusted pieces “unearthed” from the yard of one of Chester’s earliest houses.

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This year’s red velvet squares came from the old and discarded red velvet stage curtains at the Chester Meeting House. This seems like an especially good year for this Red Velvet Challenge, because our Historical Society is beginning its year-long celebration of our 50th Anniversary. When the Chester Historical Society was founded in April 1970, the deteriorating condition of the Chester Meeting House was the motivation to organize.

The finished pieces of red velvet art, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc. will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Reception on Saturday, April 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House.

The reception will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Chester kitchens served with wine and non-alcoholic beverages.   

Tickets for the evening are $30. They can be purchased at Chester Gallery or Lark, both in the center of Chester. They will also be available at the Meetinghouse door.

All the proceeds from the event will benefit the preservation and showcasing of Chester history through the Chester Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill. 

Questions? Call Sosse Baker at 860-526-9822. Read about past Creative Challenges here.