Eugene sculptor flattered by Olympia art heist

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Eugene artist Jud Turner says it was an uncomfortable compliment to have his sculpture stolen from an Olympia gallery.

He told The Register-Guard (http://is.gd/kuzsEu ) it was slightly flattering and slightly alarming to have his piece taken from the Matter Gallery.

Gallery owner Jo Gallaugher told The Olympian (http://is.gd/pDCxHe ) the thieves apparently targeted Turner's "Tribute to the concussed skier," a death's head in the middle of radiating snow skis, valued at $800.

Gallaugher says she has more valuable art, but thieves broke through a skylight and rappelled 18 feet to take that and "Horizons II" by Jerry Williamson of Olympia, valued at $600. She says the sculptures are most often admired by men in their 20s.

Police said Wednesday they had no leads or suspects.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com