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Article From Windsor Star Newspaper Feb 19, 2015 - 9:42 PM EST

A local artist is starting fresh following an incident that left him without his workplace.

Last November an arson fire at 943 Ottawa St. reduced an entire building to ashes, including Jerry Crosby’s art studio and most of his unfinished paintings.

Following the disaster, Crosby set out to look for a new studio on his own.

“The community is supportive when you’re out to help yourself,” said Crosby, adding that he never asked for help. He said many in community are unaware of his struggles.

“It’s been really tough,” said Crosby, who now works out of St. Paul’s Church. “If it wasn’t for the church helping out the way they did, it wouldn’t have been easy.”

As a thank you for the help, Crosby planned an art exhibit at the church, 973 Pillette Rd..

Crosby, 43, is a former roofer who painted his whole life. He works on commission as a portraitist and sometimes attends events like Ballonapalooza as a sketch artist.

In his spare time he indulges in abstract and impressionist paintings.

“I paint because it was one thing that always kept me out of trouble,” said Crosby, adding that his artwork provided an outlet for expression in hard times.

“It has always opened doors for me,” said Crosby.

Crosby hopes to help others in need of expression.

“I want to help others come to grips with their own creative inner being,” Crosby said.

Article From Windsor Star Newspaper Feb.19, 2015 -9:42pm EST

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