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Update: Rival "Benefactors" at Artomatic

The Benefactor saga continues. (Courtesy of Michael Auger)

The mystery of "The Benefactor" -- who sent dollar bills with identical fan letters to several Artomatic artists -- has only deepened after an alleged confession. Rebecca Gordon, a board member of the annual community art show, received an anonymous letter at the show Friday purportedly from an elderly widow and art enthusiast, conveying "regrets for any concern I have caused the artists."

Gordon posted it on the forum, where it drew a collective awwww! Sculptor Tammy Vitale posted a message offering the lady a gift of her own artwork. That triggered a flurry of responses from someone claiming to be the real Benefactor, who in a forum posting and an e-mail to Vitale (both untraceable) called Friday's confession a "fake." Vitale yesterday got a follow-up letter in the mail: "Don't give them art for free if it's intended for me." We're hoping "The Collector," Artomatic's still-unknown prankster of 2007-08, will step forward to clear this all up.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 23, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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so obvious who is doing this - it has to be that artist you are always writing about.

Posted by: anonymous1231 | June 23, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

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