"I think that is a fun thing for a child to come down and say, 'You know what? When I was 7 years old, I had a painting that was next to an
The Warhol piece, a signed, limited edition
"We had over 200 people come through for the first year and we wanted to do it during Amesbury Days so we can showcase the talent in town," Werner said. "And I was thrilled that we had a chance to showcase this painting."
Werner said that she has offered each of the
"How neat is that?" Werner said. "I think to be in the same room as that kind of work is just great."
The Warhol measures 38-by-38 inches and is believed to have been painted in the early 1980s. Werner said that she will take possession of it the day before the festival for set-up and display as the auditorium at
"When we were talking about the art festival this year, I thought, 'Gee, wouldn't it be great if we could get something that would be a centerpiece that would bring in people?'" Werner said.
With an estimated worth north of
"We can't leave it in (
"The painting has to go to bed every night at the police station," Werner said. "They will take care of it and walk it back and forth. It couldn't be any safer."
"We will be implementing what is almost like a found property or evidence control," Ouellet said. "We will take it in, have someone sign it in and have someone sign it out when we release it. So, we will put it in a secure room as if it was evidence coming in."
Ouellet said that housing high-value property is not something his department normally does, but he does not foresee any problems.
"The evidence room is a very controlled area with security and alarms," Ouellet said. "So, even the officers don't have access to the room except for the ones assigned. Anyone who would like to make their own observations, it will have to take place on its way or back over or at
While the show is open to all,
"I hope we get people from all around to come and see," Werner said.
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