From the Phil Mechanic Studios Facebook page comes some bad news:
“It is a sad morning here at the Phil Mechanic Studios building, which does an incredible amount of outreach work here in the community to many of the underserved.
Sean ‘Jinx’ Pace, co-founder and a committed and productive member of the non-profit, Flood Gallery, housed here in the building found his UD truck and his crane terribly vandalized this morning, no doubt by immature and ignorant thugs.
Many of you know Jinx, and have even been helped by him in one way or another. If you’ve needed something moved, you’ve probably called him and he’s dropped everything to help. If you’ve had a problem with clearing dead trees, or needed a heavy sculpture handled gently, you’ve called him. His trucks have been repeatedly utilized by many of you and by the Flood Gallery and Phil Mechanic Studios as well.
To come to work today and find them so violently vandalized affects not only Jinx, but the whole community. Jinx is an artist, and a community builder, Blue Ridge Biofuels and Phil Mechanic Studios are also community builders.
This act of cowardly destruction is a terrible blow to all of us. Nothing has been stolen. This act is a completely mercenary one that is only about destruction, nothing else. I wanted to post up these images and generally put the word out that these criminals are not known to us as of yet, but they are out there being terribly destructive and violent.
Keep an eye out for them, and if you have seen any suspicious activity behind the building, we would certainly appreciate a phone call.”
Here are some more photos of the destruction.
A later comment, from Phil Mechanic co-owner Jolene Mechanic:
“We have a box set up in the Pump Gallery of Phil Mechanic Studios/Flood Gallery to take donations to help Jinx get his trucks fixed. If you’ve got a spare $1 or $10 or $20, please drop it by. If you want to send a check, make it out to Flood Gallery, designate that it’s for Jinx’s truck repair and mail it to “Truck Repair c/o Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. Asheville, NC 28801. And thank you so much, all of you who have shown an interest in donating to this excellent cause.”