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‘Take a Seat’ art initiative returning to Vienna

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The Vienna Arts Society is reprising its 2019 “Take a Seat Vienna” program, in which local artists painted benches that the group displayed in town and sold six months later at a community fund-raising auction.

The organization through Aug. 31 is accepting applications from Vienna businesses and organizations to sponsor a new collection of benches for $500 each. The funds will cover the cost of the hand-built benches and art supplies for custom painting and weather-treating them; the artists will donate their time for free.

Benches will be placed at sponsoring businesses for six months, and will be adorned with a plaque featuring the company’s name.

Only a limited number of benches will be available and sponsorship opportunities will go quickly, Vienna Arts Society leaders said.

For information about sponsoring a bench, contact Pat Britz at pbritz12@gmail.com.

The Vienna Arts Society has teamed up with Rustic Love to offer heart-decorated yard signs custom-painted by artists.

The auction is a fundraiser for both nonprofits. Rustic Love creates wooden heart signs and donates the proceeds to local food insecure families. The auction also supports Vienna Arts Society’s work to promote the arts and contribute to the community.

Vienna Arts Society has existed for 53 years and runs art galleries, classes, workshops and other events as the group seeks out opportunities to enrich local communities through the arts.

Donations from the group currently are supporting José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen and relief to Ukraine.

The fund-raiser is Vienna Art Society’s first since the pandemic shutdown of the Vienna Art Center and many of the group’s other venues. The online auction runs until July 23 at noon.

The Vienna Arts Society invites the public to stop by the Vienna Art Center, 243 Church Street, N.W., Suite 100 (in the basement) to view the signs in person. For more information, visit www.32auctions.com/RusticLove-VAS.

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