An artist has been left ‘disheartened’ after her painting of a friend’s dog was stolen from an exhibition at Chorley Library.
Mother-of-four Pamela Dearden, 37, said although the painting was priced at just £39, the callous culprit has also deprived the libary of funding as it receives a cut of the takings.
Pamela, of Park Road, Chorley added: “My mum and I were putting an exhibition together in the library.
“I’ve just finished a fine art degree course.
“It was an oil painting of a friend’s dog.
“It was right at the end where it was quite visible.
“The shame is the library gets 15 per cent of the sale.”
Pamela has set foot on a new career path.
She added; I was a mobile hairdresser originally.
“I’ve just gone back to university as an adult and completed a degree in fine art.
“I’m hoping to start work as an artist. This is a step in that direction.
“But this incident is a bit disheartening.”
The exhibition opened at the library at the beginning of August.
Pamela featured in the Guardian several years ago.
Pamela, whose husband battled a brain tumour, won a special award after being nominated by her six-year-old daughter in 2006.
Pamela was crowned Chorley’s ‘Wonder Mum’ after daughter Antonia secretly wrote a heartfelt letter to Asda nominating her in the competition.
Antonia, who also put her brother’s names, Lewis, eight, and Leo, two, on the letter which was submitted by her grandmother, told the company: “My daddy had a brain tumour, but he is better now, but he cannot drive or work. Mummy works.
“My mummy takes my brothers and me to parties. I think mummy and daddy should have a night out. She is the best mum.”
Pamela was chosen as the Clayton Green store’s winner from dozens of entries and was selected as one of six regional winners to attend a national award ceremony to find The Sun Wonder Mum 2006.
The award recognised people who have made a difference to a child’s life.
Pamela helped support husband, Andrew, 37, as he battled a brain tumour, which almost cost him his life.