The shine on the gloss of the popular Art in the Hall exhibition was dimmed on Sunday when a picture of a dog was stolen from the foyer.
The theft at Ringstead Village Hall was of the picture ‘A Study of Teal’.
Teal was a well known and much loved local dog who died last year. The picture was not for sale, but was featured in the entrance to the exhibition.
The original fine art reproduction was unusual as it is a black-and-white study with only the eyes in full colour.
Art at the Hall is the brainchild of Ringstead artists Bryan Harford, Brian Woodford and Alan Witley.
More than 100 pictures of numerous genres and varying media were on show throughout the weekend and the exhibition attracted visitors from as far as Dallas, New York and London.
The trio’s previous exhibition in August, Art in Your Eye, which featured over 50 local artists showing 200 pictures, was an acclaimed success and attracted hundreds of art lovers to the village.
Further Art at the Hall exhibitions are planned and the Ringstead venue is fast becoming known for its exciting art displays.
Teal was the favourite friend of the artist’s own black labrador and the picture was of great sentimental value.
Anyone with information about the Teal picture, which measures size 12in x 16in in a silver frame, should contact PCSO Dave Spencer at Hunstanton police on 101 quoting the crime reference number CR53286/14/2.