Discover Purcellville’s latest art project — Painted Benches — has been on display around town for the past few weeks, and this year’s auction to sell the benches will begin online Sept. 14.
Event organizer Michael Oaks started Discover Purcellville, a nonprofit that supports the local artist community, several years ago. This is the fourth art project sponsored by Discover Purcellville. Past initiatives include painted wine barrels, holiday ornaments and Adirondack love seats. The Adirondack chairs raised $35,000 at an auction in 2018.
Each year, the funds raised at the auctions are reinvested in the community for future art projects and events.
This year, up for bid will be 35 painted benches created by local artists. The benches were hand made by Hamilton resident Tim Saylor.
“Our artist community is amazing,” Oaks said. “ ... I look forward to the bidding and seeing everyone.”
The final time for bidding will be at an event Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at Bush Tabernacle. Since attendance will be limited due to social distancing, the live auction will be held simultaneously online.
Tickets are $12 in advance and include beer, wine and light food. Interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets early, as Oaks anticipates the event will sell out. To purchase tickets, go online to brownpapertickets.com/user/manageevent/4716820. To view the online auction, visit damewoodauctioneers.com.
Last year, Discover Purcellville opened an Art Gallery on Main Street, which had to close due to COVID-19, Oaks said.
“No one was coming in. The lease was up, and it broke my heart to close. It was a work of love there,” he said.