WESTPORT, MASS. — During an exhibition of contemporary sailors valentines created by the artist Barbara Chadwick for viewing at Marguerite’s Restaurant, 11 of the valentines were reported stolen August 14–15.
Valued at more than $15,000, the valentines were the only items taken in the burglary. Chadwick spends hundreds of hours creating these shell mosaic valentines. Among the valentines were “Thar She Blows” depicting a pair of fishermen with harpoon in hand, having a border of whales and roses; “Scallop Vase” depicting an arrangement of flowers in a scallop vase in the center surrounded by rings of brown, white and pink shells; “Kate Cory” with a whaling ship at center and whale tails at the North, South, East and West directional points’ and a monochromatic “September 11,” in shades of white, depicting a white star in the center and white flowers and shells. Other examples show hearts and flowers or geometric patterns.
The family has posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Westport, Mass., police at 508-636-1122.