Stolen painting not taken at registration
The $1,000 painting by Denver artist Linda Schneider stolen during the Glenwood Springs Art Guild’s Fall Art Festival was most likely not taken by another artist, as guild members originally thought.
The Art Guild’s Cynthia Thomas said nobody remembered hanging the painting, leading show organizers to believe it was stolen during artist registration. But Wednesday morning, after the Post Independent reported on the theft, Thomas was contacted by a Fall Art Festival patron who said she saw “Kolrabi and Turnips” hanging during the opening reception at around noon Sept. 23.
“She claims that she had admired [Schneider’s] work the year before, but it was already sold,” Thomas said in an email. “And so she looked up her work this year, and it was there; therefore, the people who said that they did not remember hanging it were wrong. It did get hung. This means it could be an artist [who stole it] or someone else who came to the opening reception.”
Schneider, who said she has shown in the Fall Art Festival about six times, said that although she’s upset over the theft, she feels relief that it may not have been another artist.
“When I was thinking it was an artist who did that, I just felt disappointed because we feel connected to each other and supportive of each other,” Schneider said. “Overall I do feel pretty heavy-hearted, but I’m kind of relieved that it might not have been a fellow artist.”
Thomas said that according to the judging committee, the painting was not judged. Judging started early the morning after the opening reception, on Sept. 24, and it was not open to the public.
“This means it was probably taken on Tuesday between noon and 10 p.m., or possibly that night if they could somehow get past our security,” Thomas said.
The Art Guild has security guards on duty for the duration of the festival. Thomas said guards are even on duty overnight, and motion detectors are set up near the entrances.
Schneider notified the Art Guild of her missing painting when she came to the festival Sept. 25. Thomas said the work was checked in at registration and given an identification card but never checked out, meaning it wasn’t sold. Guild members hoped the painting would be returned without having to involve police, but on Oct. 20, Art Guild President Nancy Wilson filed a police report with the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
Chief Terry Wilson said the theft is a Class 1 misdemeanor with penalties ranging from six to 18 months in jail and/or $500 to $5,000 in fines.
Anyone with information about the stolen painting should call the Glenwood Springs Police Department at 970-384-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101.
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