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Help solve the Big Draw Monet Mystery: Clue 4

Judge Harris decided to call on Eva Kottinger Burnett to see if she was the artist who had drawn the bridge and flowers. He found her outside in her yard, painting a scene of her garden and asked her if the pencil sketch of the flowers was done by her.

"No," replied Mrs. Burnett, "I think this may have been done by my student, Angela La Fleur, a talented, 12-year-old artist and a student at Pleasanton Grammar School on Knowledge Hill."

"Thank you Mrs. Burnett. I'll head over there right away," he said.

As Judge Harris was galloping down Main Street, he saw the volunteer fire truck racing ahead of him -- the school was on fire! The children and teachers watched as the firefighters struggled in vain to save the school. The judge jumped off his horse and asked if anyone knew Angela La Fleur.

"Sure do," one of the girls said. "She was my best friend. Her family moved to France last week. They got a big inheritance and now she'll have lessons with the fancy artists over there."

"Do you know if she did this pencil drawing?" The judge held out the pencil picture of the flower arbors.

"Oh yes. That's Angela's. She copied it from a crazy painting she borrowed. She kept complaining that people shouldn't pay money for Monet."

"Do you know where that painting is now?" the judge said urgently.

"She left it in the school basement with the other art she used for practice. I guess she won't be able to return it anymore. But here's the copy she made. I liked it so I saved it from the fire." And she handed Judge Harris a brightly painted water color of arbors covered in flowers.


Find a copy of the flower arbor painting hidden in downtown Pleasanton and find out how you can win one of the fabulous prizes from The Big Draw: A City-Wide Arts Celebration on May 11.

This mystery combines fact and fiction. Go to to learn more about the modern day creator of the watercolor, "Monet's Garden." To learn more about Pleasanton's history, go to The Museum on Main or Towne Center Books to read up.


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