Teal - a portrait taken during an exhibition.

A thief has taken the shine off a local art exhibition by stealing a picture.

The stolen original fine art reproduction was not for sale at the Art in the Hall exhibition, but was on display in the foyer at Ringstead Village Hall.

It was called A Study of Teal and featured the face of a local dog which died last year.

The picture was an unusual black and white study of the black labrador retriever and only the eyes were reproduced in colour.

It measured 12 inches x 16 inches and was in a silver frame.

The exhibition organisers believe it was taken between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Sunday.

The exhibition featured the work of Ringstead artists Bryan Harford, Brian Woodford and Alan Witley.

The Teal picture was the work of Mr Witley, who explained it was computer generated and not brush painted.

“Fortunately, I have still got the original so it can be replaced, but it takes several hours of work over several days,” he said.

The picture was of great sentimental value and Teal was a friend’s dog.

It was one of more than 100 on show during the weekend exhibition, which attracted visitors from all over the world.

Mr Witley said more Art in the Hall exhibitions had been planned for the venue, which was becoming known for its art displays.

The theft has been reported to police and anyone who has any information should call PCSO David Spencer at Hunstanton police station on 101.