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January 7, 2013

Dear Janice,

You and I have not met personally, but I feel I know you through your beautiful work. My

aunt has given my mom two of your paintings which I have admired, but your wonderful

gift to me was beyond words.  I absolutely love the painting of the Black Diamond


Christmas has always  been hard for me because of my inability to unwrap presents

while people are watching, so you can imagine how uncomfortable it is for me.  It is also

very hard for my family to ?nd gifts that I will use, not to mention like.  So thinking this

Christmas morning, while pleasant and unusually quiet, was expected to be like all the

rest, I sat a safe distance away from everyone in my usual spot, just listening to my

family enjoying the morning.  Then, since I'm the youngest I get to unwrap ?rst.  Each

present gets handed to me away from the group and I frantically open the present then

push it aside.  After several minutes of this procedure, my mom ?nally handed me my

last present.  This one I did not have to unwrap.  My aunt simply had it in a bag.  I took it

out and then quickly handed the beautiful painting to my mom.  My mom's expression

was one of awe repeating "Oh my gosh!" over and over as she brought it to me in my

safe corner of the house.  At that moment I really looked closely at the most thoughtful

gift I have ever received.  I can't tell you what your painting means to me, but I believe

you deserve to know, so I will try!

I mentioned before, that to some of us, losing that remarkable building was like losing a

friend.  Well your picture is just that, a picture of an intimate friend that only a Bevier

person had the pleasure of knowing and admiring.  You managed to take years of caring

and love and paint those feelings in each stroke of the brush.  You successfully used my

thoughts and recreated them on the canvas; not just with the Christmas decorations, but

the crack of the slightly opened front door.  This opening inviting everyone to look at her

magni?cence within.  The building breathes in your painting allowing the building to

breathe forever in our memories and de?nitely in my heart.

To say a simple thank you seems unworthy, but know that the thank you I am extending

you is with great magnitude.  Great magnitude of heartfelt appreciation for the love and

caring you put into this amazing painting for me.  I will treasure it always.  You have

managed to keep the memory of this historical building in our hearts and minds forever!

Thank You,

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