Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cellar Dwellers Save Iconic Chair


From left to right, Boise residents Jen Cullinane, Deedee Johnston, Wendy DeVinastre, Aliesha Johnston and Carrie Eshelman pose on valley artist Rob Hink’s Cowboy Chair in downtown Ketchum last weekend. Hink’s creation—which was in front of his and fellow artist Lynn Toneri’s gallery on Sun Valley Road for many years—is now slated to stay in its high-profile location, even though Hink and Toneri have moved their gallery. The city of Ketchum and The Cellar Pub, located downstairs from where the chair has stood for so long, together paid half the asking price of $4,500 and Cellar Pub patrons paid the other half, mainly in five-dollar bills donated into a collection jar. One of the pub’s owners, Paige Lethbridge, said keeping the chair was a community effort. “We wanted to keep it here ’cause it’s so iconic, and the joke around here is that the chair is probably photographed more than the Sawtooth Mountain range,” she said.




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