When painter Jim Giddings lost his studio and a lifetime of work to fire on Aug. 29, it sent a ripple of sympathy through the arts community of southern Vermont. That ripple grew into a wave of support, as dozens of his fellow artists lined up to donate their work for a benefit auction a month later to help him rebuild and get back to painting.
“The response is almost overwhelming. I’m really thankful to all the people who are doing the work to put this together, because I couldn’t even start to do it all myself,” Giddings in September. “It’s an amazing community of artists and broader community of people.”
The auction and other efforts raised more than $20,000, and as spring returns to southern Vermont, construction has begun on the new studio.