Last month’s artwork attack in Loveland, Colorado resulted in something positive for the affected artist, Enrique Chagoya, and the local community, when a church there commissioned him to paint for them. And now a fitting end to the altercation has come for the attacker, as well. The local paper reports that Katheleen Folden, a resident of Montana who had driven to the small town intent on destroying Chagoya’s controversial paneled lithograph, “The Misadventures of the Romantic Cannibals,” and did so with a crowbar, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced. A judge ordered her to perform public service, stay away from the museum, and serve 18 month of probation. The paper reports that she will also attend mental health meetings and evaluations, and will eventually pay restitution, likely to both Chagoya and the Loveland Museum Gallery, though how much to each will be determined toward the end of January. Here’s a bit more:
Deputy District Attorney Josh Lehman said he thought the case’s resolution was appropriate and that although Folden purposefully destroyed the artwork, she did so carefully.
“She had a plan and she executed that plan,” he said. “But she wanted to make sure that no one around got hurt.”
After she ripped the piece of artwork to pieces, he said, she sat down and waited to be arrested.
While this is something that’s against the law, it’s about as peaceful a way to do it as can be done,” he said. “And that says a lot.”