Newton Community Pride is auctioning off public art benches through the end of September

Newton Community Pride is auctioning off more than a dozen decorated pews as part of a public art project earlier this year, according to a statement.

The “Sit Back and Let Your Spirit Soar” project displayed 17 pews that had been donated by the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church to Newtonville during a renovation.

Each bench was painted by a local artist and all are still on display in distinct locations around town, including Auburndale, Newton Centre, Newton Corner and Chestnut Hill.

Newton Community Pride, a local nonprofit, supports arts and culture programming, local beautification projects and promotes volunteerism, according to the organization.

Blair Lesser Sullivan, Group Executive Director, said in the statement: “The lucky winners of the auction take home a beautiful and functional work of art while supporting [Newton Community Pride’s] future public art programs.

Bench auctions began on September 16 and will continue until 7 p.m. on September 30.

The benches are sold “as is” and potential buyers are encouraged to view them in person. A list of locations is included as part of the auction’s website at, according to the release.

The nonprofit group will move each bench to the winner’s backyard or first floor of a Newton home or business.

John Hilliard can be contacted at [email protected]

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