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Stolen Art

You may recall my posts last month about Pnina Granirer's exhibition and my visit to her studio.

Some time ago, I was horrified to learn that two of her works have been stolen. This is a terrible thing for an artist to experience, and shocking that such a popular place like the Roundhouse Community Centre has so little security. Below is the press release. If you live in the Vancouver area, do keep your eyes out for these works.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            March 28, 2005

Theft of paintings from local artist

Two paintings by local artist Pnina Granirer were stolen from the Roundhouse exhibition during the last days of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, March 25 or 26.



Titles and cat. nos. on the back:

1. (top) In the Spotlight,,   size 26x20 in., mixed media on canvas, signed
2. (lower) One plus One,,   size 28x22 in., mixed media on canvas, signed
Both framed in new, black wood frames.

Anyone who has seen them or has any information leading to their recovery is kindly asked to call the artist, at 604-224-6795, or the police, file no.05-071632, on the name of Jay Hirabayashi.

This is an appeal to the people who took them, to return them to the Roundhouse or the artist- no questions asked.

Reward offered to the finder.

Please be so kind as to publish the images of the stolen works and the documentation describing them.

For more info please call
Pnina Granirer                                     604-224-6795
Jay Hirabayashi at Kokoro Dance        604-662-7441

Marja-Leena | 08/04/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Current Events, Other artists


That's awful. I've shown work at the Roundhouse myself. The place is so wide open it would be really easy to walk off with stuff. I'll post this info on my site as well.

It's good to see you're at least feeling well enough to make some posts!

People who steal art are the lowest of the low. I had asked about showing my bluegrass paintings at the AK folk festival and they turned me down, in part because they were afraid for the security of the show if there wasn't an attendant on staff at all times. What a sad state of affairs!