Two of the pieces included in the Meet The Moment art walk, a public art show on Franklin Street, were stolen last Wednesday.
Mary Parry, the organizer of the art walk, was notified by artist Sophie Vaughn that one of her pieces was missing. This made Parry realize that the painting by Kippy Perkins, which featured historical women's activism, had been taken as well.
On Thursday, the Meet The Moment Instagram account made a post announcing that the art had been taken and that the rest of the artwork would be taken down.
Some of the art will be included in an upcoming auction, with proceeds going to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.
Parry said since the original goal of the art walk was to inspire Chapel Hill community members to vote, it made sense to take down the art with the election approaching and pieces going missing, especially since she is still able to promote the artwork on the social media accounts.
A $100 reward is being offered to anyone who returns the art.
Parry said she decided not to get the police involved and instead offered the reward as a way to hopefully incentivize whoever took the art to return it.
“Rather than distract anyone from anything right now rather than just voting, which is so important, we did put out the reward of $100 if the art is returned that’s missing,” Parry said.
Vaughn, the artist of the painting that featured the head and shoulders of a Black woman on a solid pink background, which she named “Lady in Pink,” said she was disheartened when she saw that her piece was missing.
“It’s really difficult to not know the future of the work you create. I think every artist creates a bond with their work, so seeing it disappear or get replaced is upsetting,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn said she created the piece because she wanted to promote both the Black Lives Matter movement and female empowerment. She chose to make the background pink in order to present strength through a traditionally feminine color.
Vaughn added that even though it is difficult to not know the whereabouts of her work, she hopes that whoever has the painting will appreciate it.
“I’ve accepted I won’t see the piece again, but I hope that wherever it is, it’s inspiring someone the way it’s inspired me to be strong,” Vaughn said.
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