Watercolors depict forest fires

VERGENNES — Until the end of the month, original watercolor paintings of Lake Champlain’s Button Bay are on display at Vergennes Wine, which is on Main Street in Vergennes.
All of the money raised from any sale of a painting will go to The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a nonprofit that helps support families of firefighters who die while battling forest blazes. Artist Vanessa Hampton will mark proceeds for Justin Beebe of Bellows Falls, who died last month while fighting a forest fire with the U.S. Forest Service.
On Labor Day, those that had contributed to the foundation won an opportunity to win a painting titled “Skye Scape.” Carol Spencer of Ferrisburgh was the lucky winner. The acrylic painting by Hampton portrays images sent from fire lines by her son Torben Kinner, a former wild fire fighter.
Information and further contributions may be made to Wildland Firefighter Foundation, 2049 W. Airport Way, Boise ID 83705. Information about the foundation is online at wffoundation.org.

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