Purcellville’s painted wine barrel community arts project came to a successful conclusion Saturday when the action of the artwork raised $36,000.
Proceeds from the sale of 35 barrels will be used to fund future art projects and the money raised by the 36th barrel—$1,100—will be donated to the Blossom and Bloom Thrift Store in support of programs for disabled residents.
Michael Oaks, co-owner of ReLove it Consignment Store, organized the program as a member of Purcellville Economic Advisory Committee. He called the outcome of the auction “unbelievable.”
Area artists painted the wooden wine barrels with stunning agricultural scenes and themes. The artwork was displayed around the town during the summer. Saturday’s auction, ducted by Damewood Auctioneers, was the project’s finale.
“We had estimated we’d make between $10,000 and $12,000, or roughly $300 per barrel,” Oaks said. Instead. “We made $36,000.”
“That’s awesome,” Oaks said, noting the buyers were all individuals—some coming from as far away as Frederick, MD, and Ocean City, MD.
The $10 admission fee covered all the costs of the auction, Oaks said, leaving the sales revenue available for future promotions, including the upcoming Christmas ornaments arts project.