Thief makes off with painting before show

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A thief made off with a single painting in the middle of the night. The work by local artist Maggie Keane was set to be featured in the Coronado neighborhood show.

“Somebody just came in, and it was the only piece taken,” said Keane.
 
She called the piece “Wrapture.” It was leaning against a wall, ready to hang at The Hive Gallery on 16th Street in Phoenix.
 
“It’s the first in a series I'm going to be doing of oil paintings of female dolls that are wrapped in plastic bags,” Keane said. “Kind of a little statement that I'm still working on.”
 
It is one of a kind, and the $2,100 price tag reflects Keane’s years of work developing her craft.

“I think that's what it was worth,” she said. “I put a lot into it, a lot of concentration, education behind that.”
 
But Keane doesn't think someone stole it for the value. She says the piece was featured in a New Times art blog this week, then overnight it disappeared from the gallery.
 
“They probably saw it online and they wanted it,” she said. “The address of the gallery was in the article and they paid a visit.”
 
Maybe so. Police are investigating, but Keane doubts they will find it unless someone sees it hanging on the thief's wall.

She had this simple message for the person who crept into this gallery and took her work: “You're selfish! You have no morals, and you don't know right from wrong.”
 
The Hive Gallery is going to blow up a picture of the painting and hang it in the gallery hoping someone at this weekend's show might see it somewhere.