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$180,000 art theft in Georgian Bluffs | CTV News – CTV News London

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Grey Bruce OPP are reporting a $180,000 theft from a Georgian Bluffs business.

According to police, the theft happened at a business on Shane Street.

The following items are currently outstanding:

  • A watercolour canvas painting which measures 5 feet by 4 feet. The painting is by artist Dorothy Knowles, titled “May Green.”
  • Two pieces from a three piece set titled “Entwined,” by artist Laurie De Camillis. The first missing piece measures 6 feet by 4 feet, and the second piece measures 6 feet by 3 feet.
  • An oil on canvas painting by artist Jean Paul Riopelle. This piece measures 2 feet by 4.5 feet. This painting is three individual paintings framed into one. Of note is a crack in the middle of the left hand panel
  • An oil painting titled “AC-78-57,” by artist William Perehudoff. The painting consists of turquoise, blue, yellow and orange stripes. The frame on this painting is very old.
  • An Opus Connect E-500 electric bike. The bike contains saddle bags, and a beverage holder.
  • Also outstanding is a stainless steel bar fridge, measuring 24 inches by 18 inches, a 55 inch Samsung TV, a 40 inch Samsung TV, and a Rocky Mountain Whistler Bike.
  • Anyone with information regarding this theft are asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online.

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Art thieves make off with sculptures from Kelowna gallery – CBC.ca

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Kelowna RCMP are investigating a brazen early morning art heist at Gallery 421 in the city’s South Pandosy district.

Gallery co-owner Ken Moen said two masked men took a crowbar to the front doors just before 2 a.m. Saturday and made off with almost $70,000 of Canadian fine art.

“It was a total of three minutes. They were in, they were out,” he said.

“All things considered, we feel fairly lucky because they did zero vandalism. We have paintings on the walls they didn’t touch. It was very targeted.”

Moen said the criminals immediately ran for the most expensive, heaviest works on display at the back of the gallery: two bronze sculptures by noted Calgary area cowboy artist Vilem Zach, each weighing about 40 kilograms.

The thieves quickly loaded up a vehicle, re-entered and snatched three smaller bronze sculptures cast by Summerland’s Michael Hermesh, three glass bowls blown by Jeff Holmwood, and two soapstone bear carvings from Vance Theoret.

“They knew what they were getting,” Moen told CBC News.  

“I think someone has a shopping list and they sent them here … somebody probably said go grab the most expensive sculptures and get in and get out.”

Moen says the bronze has little value smelted down or sold as scrap. Selling the works of art will be difficult at any Canadian galleries or auction houses.

The break and enter was caught on the gallery’s security cameras.

The RCMP are seeking information on two male suspects.

“One suspect is described as wearing a red bandana over his face, a grey tuque, grey sweater, black track pants with white pin stripes and white shoes. The second male suspect is described as wearing a mask over his face, a black hoodie, grey sweatpants and with black Adidas shoes,” said RCMP Cst. Solana Paré.
 

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Cold comfort: film, music, art and more to combat the winter blues – The Guardian

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Letters: Art in the time of COVID – Richmond News

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Dear Editor,

During WWII, Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill was asked to cut the arts programs to adequately fund the war effort, to which he responded, “Then what are we fighting for?”

Many of us feel as though these past two years have been akin to a war, or at least a battle. If you are like me, it often feels like we take a few steps forward, followed by a few more steps back, particularly as new variants, such as Delta and Omicron, rear their ugly heads.

Two years later, I don’t think I am alone in feeling like I have been in the midst of a war zone, trying to keep myself, my family, my friends and my community safe during uncertain and unpredictable times.

While we collectively try to preserve and protect our physical health, we cannot lose sight of our mental wellness. At times during this pandemic, I have felt sad, scared, anxious, depressed, forlorn, hopeless, mad and defeated — often feeling more than one of these emotions at once.

Reflecting on Churchill’s quote, I have come to realize that the man was onto something, and art might be a much-needed respite to our ongoing struggle. Will we solve the world’s problems with a bit of paint and paper? No. Might art bring us some light and happiness in these dark, cold, Covid-laden days? Yes, I think so, and there is solid evidence to back this conviction.

Last month, I ordered some coloured pencils, crayons, and sketching paper on a whim. I hadn’t done much drawing and colouring since I left elementary school, but I thought, “what the heck!”

When it came in the mail, my heart was delighted, and as I started to colour my less than realistic, stick-figured tree, my soul felt lighter and happier.

I am not claiming that art can solve our problems, but it might help keep our spirits lifted and preserve our mental health. We must hold our public officials accountable for protecting us. But we must also work together to protect our physical and mental wellness so that we can emerge from this pandemic strong and ready to continue our pursuit of a better tomorrow.

Jack Trovato (he/his)

RICHMOND

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