PORTLAND, Ore. --Three artists, who happen to be friends, are looking for their artwork that was stolen from an exhibit at the Water Avenue Commerce Center in Portland.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said artist Chris Kelleher.
Kelleher had been waiting months for the show that would feature his work and the work of two close friends.
“We’ve been artists for 15 years but we’ve never had a show together,” he said. “This was our first show of our solo work all together.”
The trio was excited. They hung the art Friday. The show opened Saturday.
“About 30-40 people came Saturday from 6-9,” said Kelleher.
Kelleher’s wife could not make opening night so he brought her by Wednesday, but a bunch of the art was missing.
“Immediately thought they moved it,” he said.
Building staff showed Kelleher some surveillance video that showed two people stealing 10 pieces of art.
“I like to make art to inspire people,” said a demoralized Kelleher.
Kelleher and his friends are out thousands of dollars, but that is the least of their concerns.
“The time and love put into something is invaluable,” he said. “You can’t quantify that.”
The artists are hoping police catch whoever is responsible for the heist.
“I hope this doesn’t happen again to other artists or anyone cause it’s a terrible thing,” said Kelleher.