EVA CAMPBELL HOLDS A COPY OF THE PANEL THAT WENT MISSING WHEN THE WELL CLOSED OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST
Victoria artist Eva Campbell is holding out hope that an important painting that has gone missing from the wall of a just-closed local meeting spot will still turn up.
Campbell’s two-by-three-foot depiction of a woman in a red bathing suit is on the major panel of a large four-piece work. It depicts a tourist with a telescope, on a beautiful beach in Barbados, watching slave ships from the past pass by.
“Through the telescope, she was able to see the history of the country,” explains Campbell, who based the painting on research she had done in Barbados a few years ago. The art is worth between $1,500 and $1,800, she said, and its loss is “quite upsetting.”
Titled Curiosities and Fantasies, the panel was last seen hanging at The WELL, a café/retail and meeting spot on Fort Street. The WELL went out of business over the Christmas holidays and former owner Hopeton Anderson is travelling internationally and can’t be located, Campbell said.
When Campbell heard the venue was closing, she contacted Anderson, who brought three of the four panels to her home two days before Christmas but said he hadn’t seen the fourth. He suggested she contact the operators of the food concession.
“I tried calling them many times over the holidays — never heard from them,” Campbell said.