Local artist, Don Wood, suffered a bad accident at the beginning of December, 2014. The call went out to help him in the form of an Art and Craft Auction held at the Jib Room on Feb 7. Not only did members of the tight knit Abaco artist community come to show their support, but many residents from all over Abaco gladly became involved, making the event a success.
Artists and artisans had given some of their best pieces for the February 7 auction at the Jib Room where a crowd of well-wishers showed up to buy pieces of art or raffle tickets to win one or several of the special items that had been donated.
The patio of the well-known restaurant had been transformed into an art gallery and by 3pm it was full of people buying tickets from volunteers or putting their names in the silent auction for a favourite item or two.
The choices were difficult, among the items on display were water colours by Brigitte Carey, oil and pastels by Jo-Ann Bradley, decorated wood pieces by Melissa Maura, ceramics by Abaco Ceramics and Kim Roberts, jewelry by Linda Wiltfang, silk paintings by Marjolein Scott, acrylics by Lori Thompson. Approximately seventy beautiful pieces, including twenty five jewelry items, were on display on several tables.
From the top of the stairs, Jack Bowers called in the raffle tickets winners. Mr. Bowers, who lives in Bahama Palm Shores, had been one of the first to respond at the site of Don Wood’s accident.
At approximately 3:45 the first table was closed and the last bidder could pay and claim their purchase. Tables subsequently closed in turn to allow people the time to pay and receive their lots without confusion.
“We raised a good deal of money. Donnie is going to be thrilled,” commented Marjolein Scott, one of the organizers of the Art & Craft Auction.
She said that the auction was not the only source of funds, as people would stop her in the street or at the food store and offer money for Mr. Wood. Many business owners and private people contributed to raffle items, Abaco Groceries, John Bull and Abaco Gold to mention a few of the businesses. Residents and second home owners of Little Harbour and Bahama Palm Shores also gave strong support. A week before the actual event, Mrs. Scott had conducted a sale on Facebook which also contributed to increase the amount of money raised.
Mr. Wood had fallen from his roof on December 14 and was air-lifted to Princess Margaret Hospital with several fractures, concussion and damage to two vertebrae. After more than one month in hospital, including two weeks in ICU and one month recovering at the home of artist Melissa Maura, Mr. Wood was due to return to Abaco within the month
Visitors who witnessed the incredible response of the community commented that nowhere in the world would people have demonstrated such involvement to support one of their fellow residents. Mrs. Scott was helped with the organizing by Jo-Ann Bradley and Lori Thompson.