Homer Watson reproduction stolen from Waterloo library
Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016 7:15PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:03AM EDT
A reproduction of a Homer Watson painting was stolen while on display at the main branch of the Waterloo Public Library.
Named ‘Ice Break on the Grand River,’ the reproduction belongs to the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
It was installed outside the Albert Street library as part of a pop-up gallery, showing off items from the gallery’s collection.
Gallery officials say they discovered the theft Monday night.
“We are asking anyone who may have witnessed the act, or know of anyone trying to sell a Homer Watson reproduction or have it in their homes to contact the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery,” the gallery posted on its Facebook page.
“This project was produced solely for public enjoyment and it is a shame to see this happen to a project meant to engage and inspire.”
Because the piece is a reproduction, it has little monetary value.
Born in 1855 in what is now Kitchener, Homer Watson was one of Waterloo Region’s most renowned artists. He is known particularly for his work with landscapes.