Painted wooden benches raised thousands of dollars for the Vienna Arts Society at a recent auction.
The benches were auctioned leave on Saturday (November 2).
âThe Vienna Society of the Arts auction drew a large crowd,â Lu Cousins, director of the artistic group, job on Facebook. “My sincere thanks go to the community for your support and of course to the artists, their families and the team who worked so hard to make this happen.”
Cousins ââtold Tysons Reporter that the auction raised “well over $ 50,000.”
Funds will go to Vienna Arts Society Art Center and awareness raising activities.
Before the auction, colorful benches adorned local businesses to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vienna Arts Society. Local businesses funded the cost of the benches built by the Amish.
Over the summer, two of the 42 benches were stolen, prompting additional security measures from the Vienna Arts Group and Police Department. One of the artists was able to paint another bench, leaving the Vienna Arts Society to auction 41 benches.
Cousins ââpointed to one bench in particular – DorÃ© Skidmore’s bench, which holds books, will honor Abby – “a beloved puppy who loved to listen to children read to her,” Cousins ââsaid.
âThe public interest story goes to Lamar Collier who, with Library of the Friends of Patrick Henry – had the winning bid for the bench to be placed in the library in honor of his precious dog Abby and the Read to a Dog, Woof and Paws program“Cousins ââtold Tysons Reporter.
At the Vienna City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Laurie DiRocco praised the Vienna Arts Society, artists and local businesses who have contributed to the art of the bench.
âIt was fantastic to see the benches all over the city for the six months they were there,â DiRocco said, adding that several benches will remain on display in the city.
The mayor added that she also got a bench with her husband. âWe’re going to put it in the Freeman store,â she said.
Oh no, sit down, the Vienna benches created by members of the Vienna Arts Society are about to disappear. But waitâ¦ don’t despair! You can purchase one (or more) of these unique benches at a live auction on November 2. Tickets available at VAS, 243 Church St NW, or https://t.co/D9z2HfNHnd. pic.twitter.com/2rcq92eL8P
– City of Vienna, Virginia (@TownofViennaVA) October 19, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Lu Cousins