Gulf Coast Arts Alliance broken into, art vandalized

By Melanie LeCroy
Posted 11/1/19

Gulf Shores Police responded to a burglary at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance on Oct. 14.

A police report of the incident said the GCAA building was broken into sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday, …

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Gulf Shores Police responded to a burglary at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance on Oct. 14.

A police report of the incident said the GCAA building was broken into sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14. The report said six pieces of art were destroyed or vandalized, $200 in cash and a computer were stolen. Police said the assailant forced entry into the building through an entry door.

The GCAA is located at 225 East 24th Ave. in Gulf Shores. Police records indicate that there was another case of property destruction and vandalism on Oct. 17 in the 400 block of East 22nd Avenue. Authorities have not said that the two cases are related.

Command Sgt. Jason Woodruff said the GCAA case has been assigned to a detective.

GCAA employees declined to comment or be interviewed.

Artist Peggi Agosti Brewton confirmed that three of her paintings were slashed in the incident.

“I was contacted by the GCAA board but I don’t have much info beyond that,” she said.

Anne Webb, of Webb Pottery, said her pieces were not affected.

“I actually had not heard about the break in, but I did speak to someone at the gallery this morning. I’m unsure at this point if any on my work was affected but based on where my work was situated in the front part of the gallery in relation to the path of destruction described, I suspect I’m OK,” Webb said.

“I am relieved to hear the police are now involved and aware. You know, earlier this year someone stole a metal sculpture from out front of the gallery, and someone tipped over one of their big concrete planters, and now this. I find it disheartening that a grassroots organization like the GCAA would be targeted by petty vandals and thieves when their goal is to enrich the community.”