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December 25, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stig Einarson didn't discover his real passion until later in life. Venturing into abstract art in his late 40s, he has spent the last few years slowly building up his talent and his name. This week was to have been the culmination of a dream, a show representing years of his work at an art gallery in the exclusive community of Palm Desert. Instead, the San Clemente man woke up Saturday morning to find his van missing, and all the art inside, valued at $50,000 to $60,000, gone.
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May 2, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the black market, they are all but worthless. But to the young students at a Newport Beach art studio, 10 stolen oil paintings are priceless. The canvases, some that students had labored over for years, were taken during a break-in early Saturday at Sher's Art Gallery. Owner Sher Swaim, who lives near the studio where she has taught art for 10 years, was awakened by police rapping on her window. A jogger had seen the studio's wooden doors propped open at 5:30 a.m.
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May 2, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the black market, they are all but worthless. But to the young students at a Newport Beach art studio, 10 stolen oil paintings are priceless. The canvases, some that students had labored over for years, were taken during a break-in early Saturday at Sher's Art Gallery. Owner Sher Swaim, who lives near the studio where she has taught art for 10 years, was awakened by police rapping on her window. A jogger had seen the studio's wooden doors propped open at 5:30 a.m.
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July 9, 2000 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thieves with an unusually discerning eye have been targeting Fredrick Hart sculptures at galleries in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Last month, Laguna's Richard Thomas Gallery was hit for an $8,900 piece. In the last decade, Newport's Lahaina Gallery has had eight of Hart's sculptures stolen, the most recent theft coming six months ago. Local shopkeepers say that since Hart's death last year at age 55, the temptation for thieves has increased along with the price of his works.
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November 21, 1995 | THAO HUA
One of two life-size statues stolen outside different Brea office buildings was recovered at a scrap metal dealer about 12 miles away, authorities said Monday. A Santa Fe Springs firefighter on an inspection call at the metal shop saw the $250,000 statue and recognized it from newspaper reports of the September theft, Brea Police Detective Bill Hudson said.
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October 12, 1995 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The great grizzly bear may yet come home, but nobody expects to see everybody's favorite businessman again--at least not in one piece. The two life-size bronze sculptures were stolen late last month from the exterior of separate Brea office buildings. "Doublecheck," famed artist J. Seward Johnson Jr.'
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July 29, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Thieves took a large, $1,600 painting from the Festival of Arts earlier this week, forcing officials to tighten security at the outdoor gallery. Artists say the theft is the first time such a large painting has been taken from the festival, where thousands of pieces of art are on display. Artist Paige Oden said she was stunned to learn that her uninsured 3-foot by 4-foot rendition of the Madonna and Child had vanished sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. Monday.
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July 9, 2000 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thieves with an unusually discerning eye have been targeting Fredrick Hart sculptures at galleries in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Last month, Laguna's Richard Thomas Gallery was hit for an $8,900 piece. In the last decade, Newport's Lahaina Gallery has had eight of Hart's sculptures stolen, the most recent theft coming six months ago. Local shopkeepers say that since Hart's death last year at age 55, the temptation for thieves has increased along with the price of his works.
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May 20, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burglars who broke into an animation art gallery apparently knew exactly what they wanted when they took a bronze sculpture of Wile E. Coyote and an oil painting of Pepe LePew worth a total of $24,500, police said. But the artist, Looney Tunes illustrator and director Chuck Jones of Newport Beach, received news of the thefts with aplomb. "It's probably the first time anybody's ever stolen a skunk," said Jones, 79. "On the other hand, Pepe's probably the most famous skunk in the world."
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May 19, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The couple browsing in Pagliacci's art gallery in Newport Beach appeared to know their art. While the man talked to the gallery's co-owner, Bob Lennon, about the paintings of comedian Red Skelton, the sculptures of California artist Ron Lee and the elegant porcelain collection by Lladro, a Spanish manufacturer--the woman admired the paintings in the gallery's Red Skelton room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stig Einarson didn't discover his real passion until later in life. Venturing into abstract art in his late 40s, he has spent the last few years slowly building up his talent and his name. This week was to have been the culmination of a dream, a show representing years of his work at an art gallery in the exclusive community of Palm Desert. Instead, the San Clemente man woke up Saturday morning to find his van missing, and all the art inside, valued at $50,000 to $60,000, gone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1995 | THAO HUA
One of two life-size statues stolen outside different Brea office buildings was recovered at a scrap metal dealer about 12 miles away, authorities said Monday. A Santa Fe Springs firefighter on an inspection call at the metal shop saw the $250,000 statue and recognized it from newspaper reports of the September theft, Brea Police Detective Bill Hudson said.
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October 12, 1995 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The great grizzly bear may yet come home, but nobody expects to see everybody's favorite businessman again--at least not in one piece. The two life-size bronze sculptures were stolen late last month from the exterior of separate Brea office buildings. "Doublecheck," famed artist J. Seward Johnson Jr.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Thieves took a large, $1,600 painting from the Festival of Arts earlier this week, forcing officials to tighten security at the outdoor gallery. Artists say the theft is the first time such a large painting has been taken from the festival, where thousands of pieces of art are on display. Artist Paige Oden said she was stunned to learn that her uninsured 3-foot by 4-foot rendition of the Madonna and Child had vanished sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burglars who broke into an animation art gallery apparently knew exactly what they wanted when they took a bronze sculpture of Wile E. Coyote and an oil painting of Pepe LePew worth a total of $24,500, police said. But the artist, Looney Tunes illustrator and director Chuck Jones of Newport Beach, received news of the thefts with aplomb. "It's probably the first time anybody's ever stolen a skunk," said Jones, 79. "On the other hand, Pepe's probably the most famous skunk in the world."
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May 19, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The couple browsing in Pagliacci's art gallery in Newport Beach appeared to know their art. While the man talked to the gallery's co-owner, Bob Lennon, about the paintings of comedian Red Skelton, the sculptures of California artist Ron Lee and the elegant porcelain collection by Lladro, a Spanish manufacturer--the woman admired the paintings in the gallery's Red Skelton room.
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