Auction at 118 Elliot to benefit Jim Giddings

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BRATTLEBORO >> When painter Jim Giddings lost his studio and a lifetime of work to fire on Aug. 29, fellow artists lined up to donate their work for a benefit auction to help him rebuild and get back to painting.

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. today, at 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro, art lovers will have a chance to buy the pieces by world-class artists in silent as well as live auctions, with most bids starting well below retail prices.

The evening will begin with refreshments, music by the guitar duo Moon Dogs and bidding on items in the silent auction. At 7 p.m. auctioneer Stewart McDermet will lead a live auction of more artwork. Proceeds will benefit Giddings's effort to rebuild his Brattleboro studio, which was leveled in an Aug. 29 fire that also destroyed or damaged four decades worth of paintings stored there. In lieu of bidding, monetary donations payable to the Jim Giddings Fire Fund may be brought to the Sept. 29 event or sent to Jim Giddings Fire fund c/o Brattleboro Savings and Loan Bank, 221 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 05301.

The following are the items up for auction:

Deidre Scherer: "Connected", torn paper weaving, 14 x 21", 2016, $250 ($1500)

Josh Bernbaum: Set of six "Mezza Filigrana" drinking glasses, $120 ($280)

Gene Parulis: "Beihai Lotus Pond, No. 3" - framed archival digital print 28.5 x 21.5, $300 ($950)

Leonard Ragouzeos: $25 each, ($150):

"Nude Study 1", Ink on paper, 32"x25", 2013

"Nude Study 2", Ink on paper, 38"x25", 2013

Erika Radich: "Nido," Etching on paper: 10 x 13", 2012:

Chris Lann: Sterling oak twig cuff bracelet, brushed finish, 2015, $50 ($185)

Ken Pick: clay vase, 11"x11"x6", 2015, $85 ($185)

Barbara Garber: "Sharp", mixed-media collage, 8½ X 11" , 2013, $75 ($250)

Naomi Lindenfeld: Colored Porcelain Teapot, 10.5" (H - to top of handle) X 8.5" (W) X 4.5" (D), 2006, $90 ($180)

Jackie Abrams: "Collected Stories", coiled with recycled silk blouses, 2013 , $500

Kris McDermet: "Summer Sweet", wool and silk table centerpiece with glass bowl, 20" round, $50

Susan Osgood: "Seif 6", oil on paper, 7 x 10", 2009, $100 ($700)

Mark Chickering: Hand colored woodcut print of sun and angels by Mary Azarian, 12½ x 10½", 1980s, $1 ($250)

Georgie: "Stickney Brook", print on birch block, 16 x 20", $100 ($300)

Bob Borter: Handmade 1" silver circle earrings, $25

William H. Hays: "Emptying The Sky", 11 x 17" seven-color linocut print, matted and framed, 2014, $65 ($495)

J. Mark Littlehales: pastel on panel, 7 x 10", 2015 $1


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