By Annemarie Mannion
Source Chicago Tribune
Penelope Osio-Brown had pretty much given up on seeing her stolen artwork again. The Elmhurst artist feared the 13 canvases snatched in Kansas last year had ended up in a pawnshop, on the curb or, worse yet, cast into the garbage.
She particularly missed one free-flowing, colorful piece called “The Journey,” which represented her take on life’s unexpected twists and inevitable ups and downs.
Last year’s theft was a low. On Thursday, Osio-Brown got to savor one of life’s highs when the canvasses she thought she’d never see — valued at $20,000 — were returned.
“It was shocking to me that a year later they were recovered,” she said. “I was stunned.”
The artwork was stolen when the door on her trailer was kicked in while parked outside her hotel after she attended an art fair in Overland Park, Kan., in September.
“I was in tears,” she said. “Then we had to drive home without them.”
She filed a police report and for months scoured the Internet looking for any sign of her art — a mix of original art and numbered prints.
She had resigned herself to the loss when the Propertyroom.com, an online auction site, contacted her to authenticate the work.
Property Room CEO PJ Bellomo said the pieces were recovered when the police in Kansas City, Mo., followed up on a tip that some stolen goods were in a storage facility.
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