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NEWBURYPORT – A local art gallery owner is holding a silent auction until September 30 to raise money for the Reid Landry Garrant Foundation in honor of Leukemia Awareness Month.

The Reid Landry Garrant Foundation was established in 2018, just months after Reid – a 2014 graduate of Pentucket Regional High School who went on to play football for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – died of acute promyelocytic leukemia .

Gretchen DesAutels, owner of A Pleasant Shoppe at 57 Pleasant Street, met Paula Garrant, Reid’s mother, through a business networking group.

DesAutels recently learned that the North Andover-based nonprofit, which seeks to raise awareness and fund acute leukemia and other blood cancers, is not raising as much money as it usually does because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated closures.

Immediately, DesAutels said she started to think about how she could help.

Between its gallery in Newburyport and its second location at 79 Congress St. in Portsmouth, DesAutels works with and exhibits the art of 130 local artists.

She emailed them about her interest in a silent auction.

” Who is with me ? “” She said, she asked. “And the response has been overwhelming.”

Artists from both galleries donated $ 9,037 – $ 3,560 in Newburyport and $ 5,477 in Portsmouth – for art value.

The pieces range from fibers to fine art. The inventory includes watercolors and oil paintings, jewelry, shawls and scarves, pottery and sea glass mosaics.

About half of the artists donated their works, while others made financial contributions directly to the foundation, she said.

“We wanted to try and do something to give back to the community,” DesAutels explained.

All proceeds from the two silent auctions will be donated to the Reid Landry Garrant Foundation. The silent auctions will continue until each gallery closes on September 30.

In October, DesAutels will notify the winners by phone. When they come to the gallery to pick up their item, they can write a check directly to the Reid Landry Garrant Foundation.

“We really felt obligated to help,” DesAutels said.

For more information on A Pleasant Shoppe, visit

Journalist Heather Alterisio can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3149. Follow her on Twitter @HeathAlt.

Journalist Heather Alterisio can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3149. Follow her on Twitter @HeathAlt.

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