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Art collection found abandoned in rural Bradford

Avid walker Albert Wierenga stumbled across some unique works of art on Friday morning; Only clue is the name 'Scarcella' signed on them

Bradford resident Albert Wierenga is used to finding random objects while out on his weekly walks picking up garbage along the rural roads of the town; from full bottles of booze to soccer balls, he has seen it all. 

On Friday morning, he was out on one of his walks looking for apples, to turn into apple sauce, but none were to be found. 

He was pleasantly surprised though when he stumbled upon multiple paintings, covered in dirt and hidden in the grass, behind the barriers near 5 Sideroad and Line 4 on Friday morning.

"You always stumble on things," he said of his walking adventures. "And what I do is I give it away." 

He wondered why someone would want to discard such beautiful works of art, in such a peculiar spot. At first, he thought the works may have been stolen, and called the phone number written on the back of the canvases, which he realized was non-operational. He then took three of the smaller pieces home with him, leaving the rest behind. 

When BradfordToday drove by later Friday morning, the pieces left behind were no longer there. 

The only clue as to who the paintings belong to is the name 'Scarcella' signed on them. 

Wierenga was hoping to find the artist and/or owner of the artwork, and let them know their pieces have brought him and others in the community a bit of joy this late summer weekend. 

Over the years, Wierenga has become known in the community for collecting empty beer cans he finds on the side of the road, returning them to the Beer Store, and donating the profits to the War Amps. So far this year, he is up to $700 worth of empties.

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Natasha Philpott

About the Author: Natasha Philpott

Natasha is the Editor for BradfordToday and InnisfilToday. She graduated from the Media Studies program at The University of Guelph-Humber. She lives in Bradford with her husband, two boys and two cats.
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