Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 1 – Nancy Drew and the Case of the Purloined Heron
The southwest staircase wall was empty – a blank white space stared at me starkly from the landing between floors.
The framed great blue heron was gone!
Shades of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist!
Someone had been in the house, but who?
Had a burglar made off with the heron?
Was anything else missing?
Was he still in the house?
Was it safe for me to be there alone?
My sensitive radar for danger didn’t kick in this one time – I didn’t “sense” anyone lurking about in the broad daylight. The 19th century wood floors gave no telltale creaks of footfalls, and, most significantly, the dog snored loudly on his cushion.
I roused the dog and gingerly we checked all the rooms, upstairs and downstairs – looking behind doors, peering into closets and even behind the shower curtain.
Whomever it was, was gone.
And a mystery: nothing else seemed to have been disturbed, nothing else missing. Just that one great blue heron photo.
It is a good photograph – one of my favorite painterly photos, one I’m proud of, and definitely “art.”
But definitely not great art.
Yet it was missing,
Had someone thought it valuable enough to steal?
How much self-flattery would it take for me to believe that someone entered my home and stole a photograph, yet left behind anything else of value? A lot. I would really have to be flattering myself a lot to believe that.
And yet the great blue heron was missing, and remained missing.
Until I opened the built-in pantry cupboard two days later, and found the missing photograph. The glass had been partly shattered and the frame dinged a bit, but the print, itself, was undamaged.
And another mystery: who hid the heron photograph in my pantry, and why?
The mystery became amusing, and I had a bit of fun imagining scenarios once I realized that the heron hadn’t been purloined.
My landlord’s son solved the mystery a few days later: he had accidentally bumped into the framed print on the staircase wall while taking something up to the attic. The painting fell and he hid it in the pantry. His plan was to get a new pane of glass and replace the photo before I noticed it missing. What a sweet, thoughtful young man.
And what fun entertaining the thought – if only for the fleetingest of moments – that someone might have liked this photo enough to take it for themselves.
Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art. While the great blue heron photograph shown here is a work of art, click here to learn about a new virtual tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and see works of art in an entirely different league.
Thanks to Paula for her wonderful Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge.
Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for his Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.
A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.
Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.
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Great Blue Heron, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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