Chair #6 - Mary Spahr, Local Artist

Artist, Mary Spahr, in her studio.

Identified as having natural art ability by elementary school teachers, Mary Spahr continued to pursue art throughout her youth and into adulthood realizing it brought her much joy. She has employed her gift of art on and off in her work life, and continuously in her personal life. She first worked as a graphic designer, and then earned a degree in education from Bradley University with a fine art endorsement, certifying her to teach art in Illinois. This gave her the opportunity to work in most mediums. Embracing them all, she is always enthused to take on any creative project. In addition to graphics and fine art, she has a passion for the beauty found in architecture and is an advocate for preserving the historical significance and art forms of buildings. This motivated her to study interior design at Illinois State University, and take classes at Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, then use the knowledge she gained in pursuits toward this cause. Mary has a private art studio in Morton, which she mainly uses for her own enjoyment, but occasionally takes commissions from friends.

Mary designed her chair for function and comfort, with a modern white, gray and black color scheme to compliment current home trends. The swiveling casters make the heavy chair easy to move within a room or to and from other rooms, and the hand-sewn head and arm cushion covers are made of Sunbrella fabric with Velcro closures so they can be easily removed for washing. A geometric paint design was chosen in keeping with the modern theme of the chair.