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High school student’s painting stolen from Southgate Mall art show

Someone stole a Missoula high school student's painting from a public art show at Southgate Mall. Now Big Sky High School is offering a reward.

Someone stole a Missoula high school student's painting from a public art show at Southgate Mall. Now Big Sky High School is offering a reward.

The Big Sky student's senior work was swiped from the yearly Missoula County Public Schools art show at the mall.

“Those pieces are precious to those kids. It represents weeks and weeks of work on the part of these students,” MCPS fine arts supervisor John Combs said.

Combs says Missoula takes pride in this show every year. He says artwork has been stolen in the past.

This year Big Sky went to Facebook to ask for help. The Facebook post says all someone has to do is take the painting back to the office or room 12, which is a long shot but the best possible scenario.

There's still artwork in the mall, and Combs knows just how important it is for the young artists.

“Some of it is planned for that student to sell, in fact I know some of the work is already sold. Sometimes it is a gift for a family member,” Combs said.

The school hopes the thief has a change of heart and returns the artwork.

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