Acts of Kindness
Lady spots painting of her teen self hanging on wall at bar
Katy believes "the stars were aligned" that day.
Laura Shallcross
10.05.21

If you’ve ever been the unfortunate victim of a burglary or theft, you’ve probably had to make peace with the fact that you’ll never be reunited with your valuables again.

Most criminals are smart enough to make off with your items and sell them far away from wherever they stole them from. You wouldn’t expect to come across them even a few years down the line, let alone a few decades.

So when Katy Ryan visited a bar in Dallas, she couldn’t belive what she was seeing

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

She was staring straight at a long-stolen family relic.

Back in 2006, Katy’s mom, Betsy Daniels, had her University Park home burglarized. A painting of her teenage self was stolen, and Betsy assumed she’d never see it again.

Although Betsy was devastated at the time, as the years passed, the painting was largely forgotten about.

That is until Katy went to meet friends at Bowen House in Uptown.

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

It took Katy a while to take in the artwork on the walls, but when she started paying attention she realized something remarkable, and almost impossible to believe.

Speaking to CBS DFW, Katy recalled the moment she clocked the painting, saying:

“That is my mother; that is our painting. Why is it on the wall here at the Bowen House? It’s almost like if I saw a ghost or something.”

Katy approached the bar manager and told him that the painting belonged to her mother. As proof, she showed him a photo of her stepfather standing in front of it before it was stolen.

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

It turned out Bowen House bought the painting from an antique store earlier that year.

The bar is packed with old photos and paintings, many of which have come from the same store.

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

While the painting of Betsy had no true monetary value, the owner of Bowen House could understand its personal value, and agreed to return it to its rightful owners.

Katy and her mom could hardly believe it, they thought they’d never see the painting again.

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

Talking about the moment the pair were reunited with the relic, Katy said:

“The sequence of events, the stars aligned, I don’t know what it was.”

Daniel Alqassen, the manager of Bowen House, has decided to honor the painting and the story behind it. He said:

“We are actually going to get coasters made of that painting because we just loved it. We want to kind of keep that story alive and kind of tell people about it.”

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

It’s certainly a remarkable story – and the chances of Katy stumbling across the painting are so slim.

It almost does seem like a work of fate.

CBSDWF/ YouTube
Source:
CBSDWF/ YouTube

You can learn more about the story in a video interview below!

Please SHARE this with your friends and family.

Article Sources:
To learn more read our Editorial Standards.
Share this article
By Laura Shallcross
hi@sbly.com
Laura Shallcross is a contributor at SBLY Media.
Advertisement
Advertisement