Coe painting still missing

Coe painting still missing


Welcome to Unsolved Mysteries, Rockford edition. Imagine watching an episode on the mysterious disappearance of 15 original abstract paintings from artist Jeanne Coe’s Village Gallery in Stewart Square.

To recap: On Sept. 9, the first robbery occurred when someone absconded with three paintings. These were removed from a 12-foot-high area by a hallway leading to an alley exit. The second theft occurred on Oct. 11, when seven paintings were taken directly from the main hallways.

The third heist occurred on Oct. 26, when five more paintings were removed from a pitch-dark back room and other levels of the building. The paintings have been stolen both from an obvious public area as well as dark, secluded areas on other floors.

“No one is at ease as long as this can happen,” Coe said. “It puts everyone in the are in a vulnerable position.”

The thin metal frames with glass in an average size of 30″ x 36″, weigh 20 to 25 pounds each and can break easily. Police detectives found no frames or discarded Coe art in or around the River District area.

While Coe has only three pieces left of the “Dimensions” and three of the “Continuance” series remaining, she still keeps up with her art obligations. On Dec. 21,22, and 23, her work will be on display at Crimson Ridge, enhancing a new wine bar.

In the midst of the robberies, Coe was able to meet her deadlines for the Chicago art scene, as her work was chosen for the cover of major Chicagoland playbills (Footlights), entitled “The Christmas Miracle,” for November and December 2001, and 66,000 copies were distributed this month. Although the artist feels a certain amount of devastation, she stated, “I’m still watching for that silver lining. I’m really trying to keep a positive attitude through it all. It’s time to get painting, and I had always hoped that viewers would receive as much therapeutic value from viewing the art as I do in creating it.”

Fridh Corporation (the building owners) assume no responsibility in the matter.

If you would like to purchase any on her prints for Christmas gifts, call her gallery, at 963-2787 for hand signed and numbered prints.

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