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Within the last year, we have lost two shining stars in our community.

One was a much loved and wonderfully talented artist as well as a lifelong Vermonter.

The other was probably the person who had, more than any other, given so much and done more for Manchester and the mountains community than anyone in recent memory.

Arthur Jones and Barbara Riley.

What unites them is the love of Jone’s paintings that Riley had. She was a great collector of his work, which she hung on every wall of her home. Her support and friendship meant the world to Jones.

With Riley’s passing, the family has retained Nathan Auction & Real Estate to conduct an auction of 21 of his oil paintings that were among Riley’s favorites.

In addition, there will be several paintings from other important artists including Luigi Lucioni, Brian Sweetland, Cleade Enders, Jonathan Green, William Skilling plus several full-bodied weathervanes.

Riley was a great collector with a keen eye. Her vast collections will surely provide excitement to many people. Additional auctions of her collections will follow in early 2021.

The auction will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Wilson Gallery at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

For the use of this venue, her family has offered to donate the proceeds of one of the paintings to SVAC.

With respect to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions, there will be a preview on Nov. 20 where bidders may view the auction and leave absentee bids.

In addition to the live auction, there will also be online and telephone bidding.

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