A successful CHAIRity auction

SOLD, Sold, Sold. That was the lovely sound ringing out from Mandy Mayhem-Bullock, our auctioneer, on Sunday afternoon, October 15. We sold 35 chairs which was fantastic.

I had planned to take photos but my plans and reality didn’t coincide. ( Thanks to Philip and Lee for sharing their photos) The eftpos machine was revving, bidders were competing and chairs were disappearing out the door. There was plenty of friendly banter, rivalry and applause.

Sincere thanks to the poets, the artists, the team at Resene Colorshop, Gillions Funeral Services and everyone who attended on Sunday afternoon – we are rapt with the result for Poems in the Waiting Room.


Transformations, ready for auction October 15 – Resene Colorshop, Dunedin

Alice Rose – Then and Now

Artsenta – Before and After

Claire Beynon – Now and Then

Donna Demente – Before and After

Elaine Webster – Now and Then

Gavin Wilson – Before and After

FullSizeRender (3)Greta Doo – ready for October 15 auction

Inge Andrew – Now and Then

Janet de Wagt – Before and After

Jed McCammon – on the way and finished

Jennifer Anglin and family – Before and After

Sheryl McCammon – Before and After

John Z Robinson – Then and Now

Jonny Waters – Then and Now


Kari Clifford painted her own chair. 


Kelly Hyslop – mid preparation and complete

Kerry Mackay – Now and Then

Laura Goodwin – Before and After

Laura's poem chairLaura Gregory painted her own chair

Libby Guthrie – Before and After


Mandy Mayhem-Bullock – Now and Then (the high chair tray is raised in the first photo and removed in the third)


Maxine Burney Then and Now

Pam McKelvey – Now and Then

Pamela Brown – Before and After

Patricia Payne – Before and After

IMG_6531 (1)Pauline Bellamy provided and painted her own chair

Peter Gregory – a highchair transformed into a magnificent crane

Raimo Kuparinen – Before and After

Ron Esplin – Then and Now


Rosa Miles -Seeley – Now and Then

Rowena Oliver – Then and Now

Rowena Oliver – Then and Now


Roz Wood – Before and After

Roz Wood – Then and Now

Sheryl McCammon – Before and After

DSC08113Sarah Flourish provided and painted her own chair

Sarah Marshall -Before and After

Sashika Hendry  – Then and Now

Auction news

Check out the photos under the Gallery tab – all of the chairs are there.

All of the chairs are at Resene now – you’re very welcome to have a look at them during shop hours. There is no need to register as a bidder.

The printed catalogue numbers will be the same as the Gallery numbers.

Book bids are welcome –  contact Ruth at waitingroompoems at gmail.com. Please replace at with @   (transportation arrangements and costs to be made by the bidder.)


The lovely Mandy Mayhem-Bullock will be our Auctioneer.

The Love Waltz with Fireworks auction will be held on Sunday October 15 @ 2pm at the Resene Colorshop,172 Crawford St, Dunedin.