CSU, Chico News

Students Design and Furnish Home on Budget; Tickets Available For Grand Opening

Date: 03-23-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Keith Herritt, Executive Director
North State Symphony

Under the direction of interior design faculty and prominent local artists, California State University, Chico and Butte College interior design students are showcasing their talents for sustainable design at Frugal House 2010. The designers are furnishing and decorating a Chico home, 716 Brookwood Way, primarily using items donated or purchased from local thrift stores.

The students and artists, including members of the American Society of Interior Designers, will recycle and refurbish the items to prolong their usefulness and visual appeal.

Students will gain hands-on experience by creating a “frugal dream house,” said Deverie Jarrett, Butte College interior design instructor.

The public is welcome to tour the Frugal House, and guests will learn fun and sustainable ways they can revamp rooms in their own homes while sticking to a tight budget. Every item in the house will be for sale at frugal prices. Proceeds from the event will benefit the North State Symphony and participating nonprofit organizations, said Ann Prater, director of advancement for the CSU, Chico College of Humanities & Fine Arts.

The Grand Opening Preview Party will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15 at the house. Guests who attend this event will have the first opportunity to explore the home and purchase items while enjoying wine and other refreshments. The public is invited to tour the Frugal House from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 16; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

“With the economy in mind, the students are using creative ways to bring the Chico community together,” said Pat Macias, chairwoman for the event. “Chico must stay together to support its citizens, education and the arts during these tough times.”

Tickets are $25 each for the Preview Party and $15 for general admission. The public can purchase tickets at Zucchini & Vine; Creekside Cellars; The Shop, a fundraising venture of American Cancer Society; The ARC Store of Butte County; Paw Prints Thrift Store; and the North State Symphony Office. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.northstatesymphony.org and at the door during the event.

The North State Symphony, a program with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at California State University, Chico, performs concerts in Chico, Redding and other communities. The music director is Kyle Wiley Pickett, and members include professional musicians as well as faculty and students from CSU, Chico. More information on the symphony is available at www.northstatesyphony.org.