Friends of local artist and gallery owner Jim Giddings are planning a Thursday, Sept. 29 benefit to help him rebuild after a recent fire destroyed his studio and four decades of paintings. The fundraiser, planned for 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro, will begin with refreshments and a silent auction of art donated by local artists and collectors, followed by a live auction of more work at 7 p.m.

Proceeds will support Giddings' effort to rebuild his studio, which was leveled in a fire. Although his art can't be replaced, an estimated $10,000, in addition to a projected insurance settlement and donations already received, will help restore the space. Artists interested in donating work for the auction should email by Sept. 22. Contributions may be made payable to Jim Giddings Fire Fund at the event or mailed to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund in care of Brattleboro Savings & Loan, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt., 05301.