- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) - A disagreement in Gardner over how to spend the proceeds of the sale of a Normal Rockwell painting once owned by the city is still brewing.

“Willie Gillis in Convoy” had been owned by the school department since the 1950s, when it was given by Rockwell to a former Gardner High School principal. It hung in an office for years before being placed in storage.

The city got $1.9 million for the painting at auction last May.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1NOyGxu ) reports that the city council and Mayor Mark Hawke agree that a foundation should be set up and the money generated should help city schools.

But the council wants the benefits limited to arts programs. Hawke says there should be no limits, as long as the money is spent on schools.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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