Artist offers reward for return of stolen drawings

2008-11-26 00:00

IF anyone finds a burgundy-coloured file containing drawings, please do not ignore it or throw it away. Pietermaritzburg artist Jinny Heath, former head of the fine art department on the local university campus, is desperate to find it.

Heath’s car, a 1987 silver Honda Ballade, was stolen from the Lower Quarry Centre in Hilton on Tuesday morning, and with it a woven basket containing the file and all her drawing pens and equipment. The drawings are for a book, and were due to be delivered to the publisher next week.

The book is an adult literacy reader, with 12 illustrations and 12 pages of text, to be published by the University of KZN “New Readers” Publishers project.

“It is the story of Thandi who looks after her elderly mother and gets a job at Thabo’s Corner Store,” explains Heath. Thandi and Thabo fall in love, and the drawings illustrate their story. All the drafts, and the almost-finished artwork were in the folder.

Heath was on her way to the Drakensberg for a few days to relax and finish the drawings. She had called in at the auction sale at Cannon’s Auctioneers at the Quarry Centre on her way.

“What worries me is that whoever stole the car will just dump the drawings in the rain,” said Heath.

The publishers have copies of Heath’s first drafts, but weeks of work have gone into the drawings since then, and Heath now has to start again, as the illustrations have to be delivered as soon as possible.

Heath is offering a reward of R500 for the return of her drawings — no questions asked. She can be contacted on 033 342 3354. Or the work can be dropped off at Cannons Auctioneers at the Quarry.

Anyone with any information about the theft of the car should contact the Hilton police station on 033 845 6521.

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