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Art thieves hit third small Ottawa gallery

OTTAWA — An original painting by a well-known Ottawa artist has been stolen from a Sussex Drive gallery, the third art robbery in recent months.

The painting, Canada’s Four Corners by artist Bhat Boy was taken from the Gordon Harrison Gallery on Feb. 20. The painting was selling for $750 and was taken on a busy afternoon at the gallery when about 20 people were inside the shop, said gallery spokesman Phil Emond.

“We noticed that at the end of the day the Bhat Boy painting was missing,” said Emond. The painting measures 12 inches in height and nine inches in width, and depicts a young couple holding hands at the intersection of Sparks and O’Connor streets with the Parliament Buildings in the background.

The theft follows other art robberies at the Terence Robert Gallery on Sussex Drive two weeks ago and just before Christmas at the Cube Gallery on Wellington Street West, when someone stole a painting by Almonte artist Katherine McNenly. That painting was valued at $400 and was plucked off the wall, along with the paper card identifying the artist.

“Someone seems to be going around and doing this to art galleries. It seems to be a trend,” said Emond.

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