41-year old artist Amanda Willshire was preparing for her Friday evening art show when news of the Aurora theater shooting broke.
"The show was to launch Friday with the superheroes-in-caps (Batman, Hulk, CAPtain America) being the 'stars' of the show," says Willshire.
"I was especially excited about the Batman piece as I had completed it a few months ago and the premiere was happening that day."
Willshire grew up in central Arkansas and is now living in Denver, Colorado. Friday morning, her phone began ringing.
"My parents had been calling (from Arkansas)," says Willshire, "to make sure I was OK."
Willshire lives 15 miles from the theater where the shootings happened.
"It is an absolute horror," Willshire says of the shootings. That's why she decided to pull two bottlecap Batman pieces from her show.
"It was too raw," she says, "too close, too insane to comprehend, and we felt the community would feel the same way."
Now, Willshire has decided to auction the pieces and donate the money to the victims of the Aurora shootings. A link to the pieces is on her website. Her hope is that something good will come out of her work.
"I want to put my art toward something positive," she says.