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2018-06-13 / News

Margaretville Community Art Project Pieces Stolen

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By Rosie Cunningham


Trout were created by area artists and community members as part of the Catskill Trout Tails Tourism promotion. On June 3, some of the art pieces were taken from Bridge Street. Trout were created by area artists and community members as part of the Catskill Trout Tails Tourism promotion. On June 3, some of the art pieces were taken from Bridge Street. MARGARETVILLE - Decorated fish in Margaretville were stolen June 3.

According to Jess Olenych, the head of the Business Association of Margaretville, she is “disappointed” by the action.

“It happened between 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. last Monday morning,” she said. “My initial thought when I found out this happened was that we are better than this.”

As part of our Catskill Trout Tails Tourism promotion - the public and students were encouraged to create trout to line the village as a community art project. The pieces are to be auctioned Aug. 31.

“We have 23 fish which were only recently established and the three fish were taken from Bridge Street,” said Olenych. “About 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the fish will go back to the artist. It’s so disappointing this happened and I am so sad someone would help themselves to something that others worked so hard to create.”

The artists who created the stolen fish include Barbara Mellon, a student from the Margaretville Central School (MCS) art club and MCS art teacher Mary Kaspunisky.

Olenych said the Wadler Brothers out of Fleischmanns donated lumber for the community art project. Tom Jeffers created the template for the fish.

“The business association has a mission to foster and promote business opportunities and help Margaretville become more beautiful,” she said.

Olenych added that the Margaretville State Police took a statement regarding the theft and individuals who have any information regarding the matter should contact the station at 845-586- 2681.

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