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Art thief must be lacking direction

Ryan GraffPost Independent Staff
Submitted PhotoA detail of Lynette OKanes Mapmaking.

Folks with bad juju usually don’t have to worry about it hanging on their wall, but at least one art shop visitor earlier this week may have just that problem. On Monday, a thief took advantage of a crowded store and a busy salesperson at the Artists Mercantile on Cooper Avenue and swiped the 12-inch-by-12-inch painting “Mapmaking,” by local artist Lynette O’Kane.

Store owner Maria Sippola left the store about 2 p.m. to run errands. When she returned at 5 p.m. the painting had disappeared from an easel near the counter. “They were kind enough to put a print back where the painting was,” said a sarcastic and irritated Sippola.

Monday was the second theft Sippola has had since moving her shop a year ago from a space beneath the Sunlight Ski Shop.The theft of the $450 painting was doubly irritating because O’Kane, who sells art on consignment at Sippola’s shop, is often willing to work with people on the price or work out a payment plan.

Both women hope the thief will step forward – even an anonymous return would be welcome – or that someone with information on the painting’s whereabouts will call. A reward is being offered.Until then, “(the painting) is going to be bad juju on their wall,” said O’Kane.If you have information call Sippola at 947-0497 or the Glenwood Springs Police at 384-6500.

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