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It’s the mysterious case of the missing Main Arm painting.

As local artist Toni Clarke was driving down Main Arm Road with her carefully-wrapped graduation piece in the back of her ute last week, the rope securing the painting suddenly snapped.

Ms Clarke didn’t notice the work was gone until she stopped for petrol in Mullumbimby soon after.

‘Devastated, I quickly drove all the way home to Palmwoods only minutes later but couldn’t find it anywhere,’ Ms Clarke says.

Local artist Toni Clarke’s graduation piece has mysteriously disappeared. Supplied

‘The sad part of it is that it was my graduation piece for my opening night at the Byron School of Art.

‘It has to be somewhere.’

Ms Clarke has made full use of the bush telegraph and local Facebook pages to search for the painting, but to no avail.

The only clue she has is that the painting may have been picked from the side of the road by a lady in a white Toyota ute who was last seen heading in the direction of Uki.

‘It means so much to me to find it,’ she says

‘So if anyone has any leads it would be so appreciated if you could contact me,’ she says.

Ms Clarke is happy for the painting to be returned anonymously without any questions being asked.

‘You could drop it off at the Main Arm shop, or the Byron School of Art or Sunshine Alley in Mullumbimby,’ she says.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of the painting please call Toni on 0498 971 468.

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