Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stolen sculpture returned to New Hope gallery

By Charlie Sahner

A valuable sculpture missing from the New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery was returned anonymously on February 23, almost two years ago to the day it was apparently stolen. The steatite stone artwork embedded with semi-precious gems is named “Dream World”, and was created by outsider artist André Gomes of Hillside, New Jersey.

"It arrived back home appropriately wrapped in penitential purple," according to the gallery owners.

“It seems someone gave up theft for Lent,” added co-owner Ricky Godinez, noting that the sculpture was returned on the day after Ash Wednesday. "Being one of Andre Gomés' strongest and most significant stone carvings to date, we were very pleased and relieved this intricate artwork was returned intact and in perfect condition," he continued.

New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery is located next to the New Hope Arts Center at 2A Stockton Avenue; (215) 862-4586.

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