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A Sandy Hook Tribute Painting for Newtown

Artist from Rochester, NY, wants to send memorial painting to Newtown, Ct., to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook.

My name is Nereida Vazquez and I am an artist in Rochester, NY, as well as a mom.  The tragedy at Sandy Hook left me so heartbroken for the victims and their loved ones, that I wanted to honor them in the only way I know how. So I painted a tribute for the sole purpose of giving it to Newtown in hopes that it will, one day, become part of a permanent memorial. But after news that that town officials need people to stop sending any material goods, I don't know what I should do. I don't want to see it destroyed, and I don't want it ending up in some ones hands to profit monetarily in any way because that was never my intention. I'm hoping that maybe someone in your town may see it and want it for a permanent tribute in Newtown because I just want to give it to where it will honor these 20 beautiful children and 6 amazing woman best.

(it is approximately 6 feet high by 6 feet wide, acrylics on unstretched canvas so it can be easily transported).

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michelle January 10, 2013 at 01:40 AM
This is beautiful I really hope they post this in the town somewhere u did an amazing job :-)
Donna Samuels January 10, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Nereida, thank you so much for this beautiful painting in honor of our 26 children and adults who lost their lives in December. I don't know if you contacted them, but please send an email to newtownvolunteertaskforce@gmail.com and let them know about your donation. They are a small group of volunteers who are now working on reviewing the donations and putting them in a database for future use.
Djambruso January 10, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Ms. Vazquez, Newtown Volunteer Task Force is fielding donation inquiries. You might try calling the toll-free telephone number, (855) 364-6600.
Sam Mihailoff January 10, 2013 at 02:24 AM
contact Pat Llodra directly http://www.newtown-ct.gov/public_documents/newtownct_selectmen/index
Miss January 10, 2013 at 02:41 AM
This is sooooo beautiful!!!! If you cant find a home for it, it is welcomed in my own!
Nereida Vazquez January 10, 2013 at 04:06 AM
To all who have commented thank you so much for your kind words, but mostly for your help. I will definitely follow the leads you have submitted. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with your entire community.
Kari Wright Rustici January 10, 2013 at 04:12 AM
May BB e Newtown Youth Academy
Scot Wilson January 10, 2013 at 04:48 AM
What a beautiful work Nereida. I look forward to seeing it displayed in every town in some forum. A touching tribute to my courageous neighbors who have changed us forever.
Melissa Macksam Singlak January 10, 2013 at 02:16 PM
You may want to contact the Sandy Hook Art Center for Kids (SHACK) organization at sandyhookartscenter@gmail.com or 203-501-7424.
Nereida Vazquez January 10, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Just updating you all to let you know that the First Selectman's Office in Newtown contacted me this morning about the painting. To all of you, I thank you so much for your kindness in directing me where to go. God bless you.
Gina McDade January 10, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I look forward to viewing your lovely painting <3
Jessica January 10, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I hope they decide to place it some place where we can all see it. What a beautiful tribute. You are so talented.
Craig V. Morrissey January 12, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Beautiful painting, it should be displayed at the town hall where the most people could see it.
Colleen Mosaic January 12, 2013 at 01:58 PM
The painting is lovely. Post saved in Memorial Library - http://www.newtownmemorialmosaic.com/

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