Are you ready for a challenge, limited only by your imagination? This spring, those accepting this Chester Historical Society challenge will be using simple and colorful aluminum squares as a component to create finished pieces of art, jewelry, sculptures, etc.
These squares date back to the 1950s when they were manufactured in Chester by C.J. Bates & Son as knitting gauges, measuring 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. The historical society has 150 of them, which are being offered as a challenge for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, jewelry designers, and all others with a creative mind.
The finished works will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Square Roots Champagne Reception on Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chester Meetinghouse.
The Squares artists pay a $25.00 entry contribution and will receive 4 gauges and a ticket to the reception. The Historical Society hosted a similar challenge in 2004, “Brooks for Hooks,” which used hooks and screw eyes manufactured by M.S. Brooks & Sons, Inc. Much like that event, the simplicity of the Susan Bates knitting gauge opens the door to many creative options and interpretations.
The squares can be seen at the Chester Gallery in the center of Chester, where you can also sign up to participate (or call 860-526-9822).