$4,000 Worth Of Artist’s Paintings Stolen
POSTED: 8:12 am PDT April 22, 2010
UPDATED: 10:21 am PDT April 22, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland artist had about $4,000 worth of her paintings stolen from a downtown Portland window gallery earlier this week.
The corner of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Alder Street in downtown Portland is a prime location to display artists’ work. Glen Larsen, who works for the building’s owner, came up with the idea to place art in the building’s front display when the space went vacant last fall.
Artists were allowed to display their artwork in the front windows free of charge. Larsen received more than 300 e-mails from artists eager for the opportunity.
“I was just trying to help. That’s all,” Larsen said. “I was just trying to help the artists.”
Mary Gallop, who paints Portland landmarks, said she was happy to have her paintings in front of thousands of people who pass by the downtown building each day.
“I was really excited about this show because it’s right in the middle of downtown Portland,” she said. “No commission. It’s a great spot.”
On Monday, however, a thief broke into the building and stole four of the seven pieces Gallop had on display.
The stolen paintings were of Portland’s waterfront, the “Go By Streetcar” sign in the Pearl District and the Alibi Bar in northeast Portland.
“I take it personal,” Gallop said. “I put a lot of hard work into those paintings.”
To make matters worse, Gallop had recently sold one of the paintings; she now must refund the buyer for a painting she no longer has.
Larsen said the burglary is a big setback, but he plans to keep displaying art in the space.
“It’s important to keep this venue alive and not discourage the artists from showing their work here,” he said.
Gallop hopes someone will see the paintings somewhere and report their location to authorities.
Photos: Paintings Stolen From Window Gallery