Theft shocks artists' club
THE THEFT of a unique piece of artwork by a late St Ives artist has shocked the members of the century-old club from which it was stolen.
Trustees at the St Ives Art Club, which was founded in 1890, were startled to discover last Wednesday night a painting by late St Ives Artist Bryan Pearce, which usually hung in its main entrance hall, had gone missing.
The unique artist proof of The Gap, Bethesda Hill, pictured, is thought to be worth about £500-£600 and members are desperate to get it back.
President Doris Lindemann said it was the first time a piece of artwork had been stolen at the club for as long as she could remember.
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She said: "They (Artist Proofs) are kind of special, they are one of a kind. We had a committee meeting on Wednesday night and we realised there had been a gap in the wall. We asked all the people that would have been in the building at around the time and realised it must have gone missing between Friday, June 1, and last Wednesday.
"The club has been here since 1890, I have been around for a while and as far as I can remember there hasn't been one incident like this, this is very upsetting to us."
Call 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number AI12/361 with information.