Artists rebound after gallery break-in | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
September 5, 2011 · 9:01 AM
To the editor:
On behalf of the 27 members of Penn Cove Gallery, and particularly the nine artists who suffered losses valued at $25,000 in "The Great Coupeville Art Heist," we thank the South Whidbey Record for your coverage of this unhappy event.
Thanks to your reporting - as well as coverage on several Puget Sound television and radio stations and the regional email network of south Whidbey artist Susan Jensen - the island community is aware of the heist and has responded with encouragement and by making us part of their art- and gift-shopping activities.
Community support was clearly indicated in elevated sales over the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival weekend. We are also hopeful that the wide distribution of images of stolen art will lead to apprehension of the perpetrators.
GARY A. LEAKE
Penn Cove Gallery