The auction of painted benches will earn $ 50,000 to the Tysons Reporter for the Vienna Art Society

The auction of painted benches will earn $ 50,000 to the Tysons Reporter for the Vienna Art Society

"The Vienna Art Society auction brought crowds together," Lu Cousins, director of the art club, posted on Facebook. "My sincere thanks go to the community for their support and, of course, to the artists, their families and the team who worked so hard to achieve this."

Before the auction, colored benches decorated local businesses to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vienna Art Society. & Nbsp; Local companies sponsored the cost of benches built by the Amish.

In the summer, two of the 42 benches were stolen, leading to additional security measures by the art group and the Vienna Police Department. One artist was able to paint another bench, shooting down 41 benches at the Vienna Art Society auction.

Cousins ​​especially highlighted one of the benches - & nbsp; Doré Skidmore's bench, which has books, honors Abby - "a beloved son who enjoyed listening to children read him," the cousins ​​said.

"The public interest story goes to Lamar Collier, who, with Patrick Henry's library friends, had a winning bid to place the library on his expensive dog Abby and the reading dog, the Au and Paws program," the cousins ​​told the Tysons Reporter.

At a session of the Vienna City Council on Monday, Mayor Laurie DiRocco praised the Vienna Art Society, artists and local companies for their work in the field of bench art.

"It was fantastic to see the benches around the city for six months while they were there," DiRocco said, adding that several benches will remain on display in the city.

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