Just before Christmas local gallery owner, Lisa Barrios let me know that a piece had been stolen from her gallery in the heart of Old Town Monrovia (yes, folks the city with “no crime” had someone in doing their Christmas shoplifting). She was heart broken, beside herself fearing the reaction of the artist, Paul K. Merwin, who had created the piece.
Lisa said she was completely gobsmacked by his response. Not only did the artist handle it well, but took it in stride. His comment “I guess I should be flattered that someone thought enough of my art to go to jail for it”.
“Petra” is the name of the piece and is pictured here. It is a mixed media sculpture of aluminum and bone. It has a retail value of $2,400. As you might guess, Monrovia police are involved as both the gallery owner and the artist would like to have it back.
It took a bit of emails and the Holidays for me to get all the information I needed to do this post. I have to admit I admire the graciousness Paul exhibited in his initial reaction, and for indulging me with a 5 questions regarding his art and the theft. To get the full 5 questions and Paul’s responses you need to make the jump.