Chair #12 - Morton Chamber of Commerce

Painted by Cindy Villa, Local Artist

Cindy Villa, a Mortonite for over 34 years, has had a love for art and the Arts from a very young age.

The Morton Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the annual Morton Pumpkin Festival, asked Cindy Villa to paint a chair as their entry in the Morton Community Foundation's Chair-ity Auction.  Of course, they asked her to carry out a pumpkin themed chair design.

About the Artist:  As a child designing clothes for her paper dolls and craft projects with what was on hand, stifled at times, but more so encouraged, she found an enormous universe of artistic possibilities in the life ahead of her.  Through years of classes in Decorative Painting and Faux Finishing, then teaching at many area shops and her home studio, her passion for painting continued.  Many local people would find her at local craft shows and her very successful 10 years of the “Holiday House” Christmas Show in her home. She designed and published Decorative Painting pattern designs for many years.  “I’m as comfortable with a paintbrush in my hand, as a pencil”. Cindy has also been a kitchen & bath designer and worked many years as a faux finisher.

She was privileged, through the Society of Decorative Painters, to have her Christmas Ornaments in the White House, Vice-President’s home, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, and given in a wreath to weatherman Willard Scott, and also a lavender porcelain Easter Egg presented to First Lady Barbara Bush.

 She was invited to the White House for the first party of the Christmas season, when her ornament was on the Official White House Tree in 2004 and met First Lady Laura Bush. “We had the whole run of the second floor – it was amazing! The lavish decorations were beyond real!! I remember calling my dad and saying – ‘I’m having lunch at the White House!!’  There really is a White House Turkey with a red bow, but it was rather small – the lamb chops won my vote, as well as White House Egg Nog which is delish!”

“I have such a respect for other artists of any medium, as I know what goes into a creation…much thought, vision, excitement at the possible outcome, planning and material preparation, the actual work, often setbacks, re-thinking, changes, completion of the artwork, then finishing coat after coat, and final pleasure at seeing the outcome!”

“I also have a love of painting pumpkins and am very honored to paint the Chamber’s chair for this auction and hope it keeps Morton pumpkins in the heart of the new owner year-round!”