TIVERTON--A brand new sculpture created by world-renowned artist and Narragansett’s own Mimi Sammis was unveiled at the Four Corners Art Center in Tiverton on Monday, March 7. The sculpture, titled (Rebirth Woman of Peace), was dedicated to the memory of another one of Sammis’ sculptures that was stolen and defaced roughly one year ago on March 9, 2010.
While everyone in the crowded meeting house applauded and cheered when the sculpture was finally revealed for the world to see, the day’s most amazing story, at least for Mimi Sammis, came well before the big moment.
When Sammis was preparing to address the crowd and unveil her newest work of art, a young man and his mother approached her. The man introduced himself as half of the duo that stole her sculpture a year earlier, and apologized.
“When I first heard it had been stolen I hoped it was because somebody really liked it,” joked Sammis, “but when I found out that the two young men who stole it were using drugs, I was devastated and I started to pray.”
Sammis is a woman of faith, forgiveness and compassion, and that was no more evident than when she reached out to the mother of one of the men who stole her sculpture.
“I told her that I forgave him, and that the only apology I wanted was to see him get clean,” Sammis said sincerely. “When they showed up here this morning I was stunned, he came and apologized and he told me he was clean. I told him that was the answer to my prayers.”
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