Rutland BenchART! Community Street Art Project

Rutland BenchART! Community Street Art Project

This is an exciting project to showcase local creative talent while fostering the economic vitality of our communities. Thank you to Omya, our Supporting Sponsor.

There are a total of 42 benches that were made by Telescope Casual Furniture. The Bazza benches were retrofitted by Brookside Woodworking with a wooden back that talented local artists painted both sides of.  

“Chaffee’s BenchART Street Art Project showcases the creativity of our local artists with a sense of excitement and vibrancy within our region, welcoming visitors and the community to explore the streetscapes transformed with artist decorated benches on the streets of Downtown Rutland and throughout the area. This dynamic project builds on and enhances the current art installations of murals, sculptures and more, featuring Rutland as an artist and art enthusiast’s destination, and makes art accessible for all!  It also fosters the economic vitality of our communities, and serves as a marketing tool to bring in visitors, showcase Rutland and our region as a place to live and bring new business, and as something fun to do with family and friends”.

As part of the project, we will create a new Walking Tour Brochure of historic properties in Rutland. This brochure will also include the murals, Sculpture Trail, Rutland Art Ramble, heARTs, Trains, Benches and more that people can use along with the new app from the Downtown Rutland Partnership. 

Community Partners: 
• Mayor Dave Allaire
• Downtown Rutland Partnership
• Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region
• Rutland Redevelopment Authority
• Rutland Regional Planning Commission
• West Rutland/Town Manager, Mary Ann Goulette

There are sponsorship opportunities available for the limited number of benches available. Be a part of this exciting project that will build on our region’s community spirit and economic vitality and promote the arts!


1.    Kristen Partesi                                                   
2.    Christine Foster                                                 
3.    Mary Fran Lloyd
4.    Heather Wilson
5.    Kim Cheswick Williamson
6.    Sal Vitigliano
7.    Christine Townsend
8.    Lou Kenney
9.    Jen Rondinone
10.  Mary Crowley
11.  Karen Seward
12.  Ann McFarren
13.  Amy Carr
14.  Kathryn Wiegers
15.  Kathy Juckett
16.  Deb Dauphinais and Sarah Bloch   
17.  Julia Quimby Cohen
18.  Peter Wallis
19.  Oliver Schemm 
20.  Carolyn Shattuck
21.  Christine Holzschuh
22.  Sally Hogan
23. Rachel Firliet
24. Rebecca Langer 
25. Kelly Gearwar
26. Helvi Abatiell
27. Bill Ramage
28. Jason Bemis
29. Betsy Moakley
30. Glenn Scott
31. Caber Wilson
32. Edith Hiller
33. Piper Strong
34. Ethan Nelson
35. Lynn Pratt
36. Marcia Shipman
37. Dale Bills and Kaylee Wiskoski
38. Nikki Manniery
39. Linda Arsenault
40. Tedesco Masonry
41. Kid’s community project of those who attended August Art in the Park


Omya, Supporting Sponsor

Bench Sponsors:

MKF Properties; Mark and Kelly Foley
Hull Maynard Hersey Insurance
Voity Electrical
Stewart’s Shops
Heritage Family Credit Union
Joseph & Barbara Giancola
Downtown Rutland Partnership
Diamonds & More
Grace Church
Vermont Tree Spirits
Rutland Regional Medical Center                                                                         
Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region
about FACE Orthodontics, Mark A. Price, DDS, MSD, PC
Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community
Community Bank       
Local Venture Legal, PLLC
Central Vermont Eye Care

In-Kind Sponsors

Telescope Casual Furniture

R. Hulett Trucking Inc.

Brookside Woodworking

Contributing sponsor: Steve & Jane Costello

Visit or stop in to the Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT. Hours:  Wed-Fri 12-4; Sat 10-2; or by appointment. Contact info:  802.775.0356, [email protected].