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Stone Oak students create beautiful chair for a cause

Stone Oak artists with art teacher

The young artists and their art instructor, Charisse Dennis, stand proudly by their Fiesta inspired chair.

Stone Oak Elementary School students created a beautiful Fiesta-styled chair as part of the Ronald McDonald House 4th Annual "Chair-ity" event. Attendees will take part in a featured silent and live auctions that will include uniquely designed and decorated chairs by local artists, celebrities and supporters. The auction is taking place on July 17 at Old San Francisco Steak House and proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

"As the Art Instructor at Stone Oak Elementary school, I have the privilege of teaching Kinder-Fifth grade. Art engages the students and allows a creative outlet for self-expression," said Charisse Dennis, art institor at Stone Oak. "It is my hope to ignite a love of Fine Arts at an elementary level that will carry throughout a lifetime. On this project, I chose Rosie Ganske, an art leader in our school, to expand on the original idea. In addition, Bella, Zoie and Fiona synergized to create the bold, festive design."

The inspiration for the Fiesta Chair began with a vision derived from embroidery Mexican dresses. From the brilliant hues in the embroidery threads, to the bold and intricate designed flowers, each dress has its own unique beauty. Traditional Mexican clothing is vibrant, practical and colorful. "I wanted our Fiesta Chair to encompass those features and be representative of a design that is abundant in our area," said Dennis.

Florencia Rios, Art Assistant, donated her granddaughter's original Mexican dress to help the artists launch the theme of the project. Fifth grade students, Rosie Ganske, Bella Dennis, Zoie Ross, Fiona Shaw and their art instructor worked together to create the colorful floral designs that mirror the Mexican dress. The final touch was the seat cushion that Dennis created from the inspirational Mexican Dress. The Fiesta Chair is a celebration of life, art, color, culture and community and the art team is hoping that the buyer of the chair will love it as much as they enjoyed creating it.

The Ronald McDonald House is a short term residential facility where families reside while their children undergo extensive and time consuming treatment for cancer, leukemia, injuries and other illnesses. San Antonio is fortunate to operate 3 houses.

Check out Fox 29's promotion for the event.

Posted on June 06, 2014