NEW ORLEANS — When you head to Jackson Square, one of the first things you see is the artwork strung across the fences.
Some of those artists are struggling, after someone broke into their storage area last week and stole more than a dozen carts.
Bob Clift, a portrait and watercolor artist, is among the victims. His cart, easel, toolbag and samples were all stolen.
"It's anger and grief and pain," Clift said.
His toughest loss, though, is in irreplaceable photobook documenting his best works over the last twenty years.
"(The book is) the most painful," he said, choking up. "It's 20 years worth of work. Yeah, all my favorite work. And it's in the river somewhere."
Artist Kat Walker can't shake the thought of the livelihoods dumped into the river.
"It's a lot. It's a lot. I mean, I think it was a very big loss. A big loss, out of nowhere. Nobody expected that," Walker said.
Though she wasn't a victim of the theft, she says it's easy to put herself in another artist's shoes.
"If these were all in there, I wouldn't have anything, because I don't have prints," Walker said.
Bob also doesn't have prints of his work, and may be out of work for a while.
And through all that he's lost, he can't help but notice what else is missing: a suspect.
"I'll be alright," Clift said. "I just hope police catch this guy pretty quick."
If you'd like to help, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help the artists.
There will also be a fundraiser held at Cafe Istanbul on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul on St. Claude Avenue.
The group plans to have a silent auction, music, food, and raffles, and all money raised will go to the artists.