Jim Giddings

Hundreds chip in to help artist rebuild studio

A heartfelt thank-you to the hundreds of people who have supported me and contributed to my fire fund and recovery after my artist studio and decades of paintings suddenly burned to the ground.

There are too many individuals to list here - I'll write to them personally - but groups and businesses deserve special mention as well.

Brattleboro-West Arts essentially insisted I step aside as members planned, promoted, organized, and ran a magnificent, successful benefit auction. BWA members and friends worked countless hours and managed all aspects of the auction.

Thanks to Sharon Myers for her usual incredible edibles; Rentals Plus for tables and linens, delivery and pick-up; River Gallery School for easels and printed bid sheets; Putney School for tables and easels; the Humane Society for easels; Brattleboro Food Co-op for cheeses; and Dante Corsano and his incredible Moondogs for music that animated the entire occasion.

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For artist whose studio burned, goodness overshadows loss

Last week, I watched as my studio building and almost all of my paintings burned to ashes, but the goodness Petey and I have received since then vastly overshadows the loss. Thank you to all those who have stopped us, texted us, written us, and called us with your...

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