The Hastings College Art Department is looking for answers following the theft Sunday of one of the pieces on display in the college's art gallery.
"Spondylus," an 18-by-24-inch painting that is part of department chairman Turner McGehee's art exhibition, went missing sometime Sunday afternoon from the gallery off of Seventh Street near Elm Avenue. McGehee's 24-piece collection is on display through the end of February.
McGehee wrote in an emailed response to questions that "Spondylus" looks like a bead necklace made from seashell discs strung like puka beads.
"We think it happened last Sunday afternoon, possibly around 2:30 p.m.," he said. "That was when we noticed that something was missing. The gallery guard was fairly sure that nothing was missing when she came on duty at 1 p.m."
Anyone with information about the missing painting can contact the Hastings Police Department at 402-461-2380 or McGehee at email@example.com.