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Rowe family seeks stolen painting

Plywood piece removed by crowbar

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The painting on the right was pried off the side of the Rowe home of Susan Wood and Russ Jolly with a crowbar.

Submitted photo The painting on the right was pried off the side of the Rowe home of Susan Wood and Russ Jolly with a crowbar.

ROWE — For years, a painting of a young girl reaching up to hug her mother, painted on a plywood sheet, was bolted into the front siding of the JollyWood Farm homestead of Susan Wood and Russ Jolly, on Stone Road.

Jenn Wood had painted it for her mother, and it was the best of a series of paintings her family displayed on the front of their home.

But sometime near the end of February — possibly during the last big snowstorm — the 4-by-8-foot painting was pried off the house with a crowbar.

“I don’t think we’re going to get it back,” said Susan Wood. “We don’t have hardly anything, and that painting was a shining thing in my life.”

The painting was inspired by the cover of a favorite childhood book, called “The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East.”

Wood said the painting might be considered “folk art,” and she wondered if whoever took it would try to sell it in a city.

Rowe Police Officer Christopher Selmi Hyytinen said this type of theft “is extremely unusual” for the area.

“We have no leads. We just have a rough time-frame,” he said.

Wood doesn’t know exactly when it was taken. She was taking photos of her home after the Feb. 27 snowstorm, and that’s when she saw that the painting was gone.

“It’s unsettling,” she said. “We’re on a dead-end road and people don’t even come up here. We have chickens and a saw mill. It looks like we live here. It’s just a creepy feeling, wondering if someone’s watching us.”

“It’s not just about losing a painting; it’s about losing the whole (peacefulness) of living here,” she said.

The painting is signed by Jenn Wood in the bottom right corner.

Hyytinen asks anyone with information to call the Rowe Police Department at 413-339-5520, ext. 17.

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