A painting on a wall in a D.C. neighborhood is getting a lot of attention on social media, as well as by artists who say they’re trying to reclaim a piece of their own art.
The artwork, which was designed to resemble the iconic “Star Wars” logo, is now being considered for the D.J.F.E. (Dollar for Dollar Education Fund) program, which encourages art to be given to students in need.
The program, created in 2012, helps students get a high school diploma and get back on track to graduate school.
But many students say the program is not enough to make up for the loss of art that’s been stolen, or lost forever.
The painting was originally meant to depict the “Star Trek” logo but had been stolen by an unknown artist who painted it on a different wall, said Jodie Miller, who lives in the District.
When Miller and other residents were able to identify the suspect, they contacted D.D.F.’s director of art, Daniel W. Davis.
Davis told The Washington Post that the person had been selling stolen art online and on Craigslist, and that he contacted Davis to help get the piece back to the artist.
“I had no idea what he was doing and the way he was selling it,” Davis said.
Miller said she had been trying to get her artwork returned to her family for nearly a decade, but she could not do so until Davis took action.
Davis said he had seen the artist in person and saw the “faintly” resemblance to the Star Wars logo.
He also said he believed the man’s paintings were stolen.
Miller had a hard time believing Davis, and had been planning to return the artwork.
“He was really nice and I really wanted to get my artwork back,” she said.
“But it just took me by surprise.
I really didn’t know what was going on.”
Miller said Davis also helped her get a copy of the original art on the Internet, which she shared with other people.
Miller, a painter and illustrator, said she was so moved by the work that she contacted the artist’s lawyer and offered to help him recover the painting.
“The art is in perfect condition,” Davis told the Post.
“It’s very detailed.
The artist has a strong artistic sense.
It just needs a little bit of love and attention.”
The art has since been found by the artist, Davis said, and the painting is in Davis’ possession.
The D.E., or the Department for Education Education Fund, also offered to provide the painting to the artists in need, including Miller, Davis, Miller’s parents, and others.
Davis did not immediately return calls from The Post for comment.
The paintings on the wall at 718 S. 17th St. in Arlington, the home of former congressman and D.A. Robert C. Byrd III, was stolen in February from a garage in Georgetown, according to the Arlington Police Department.
A similar theft occurred in December 2016, when a painting was stolen from the home at 716 N. Michigan Ave., according to a police report.
The man who stole the paintings, David S. Hodge, was arrested in March and charged with three counts of theft of public works and two counts of criminal mischief.
He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Washington, D.U., on April 10.
Miller and others said they are also interested in getting the artwork back, but that the DDF program is far from enough.
“There are people who want to get back to their art,” Miller said.
Davis and Miller said they have had no luck in getting other art to come to the DDCF program, either.
Miller is planning to donate some of her paintings to a museum and has a scholarship fund set up to help pay for other artists to paint other pieces.
“We have to take it from here,” Miller told The Post.
Davis has said he has a plan to return all of the paintings and plans to paint a wall for the program, but the program has not announced that date.
Davis is also working with the Arlington D.O.E.’s program director, Michael J. Smith, on getting the art returned to the woman who painted the original painting, who has not yet returned her art to the program.
“She has been doing it for 20 years, and she is an incredible artist,” Davis wrote on Facebook on Monday.
“That will not be her.
We are looking for her to come forward.”
Davis said in a recent post that he has been “very involved” in the program and that the man responsible for the painting will be identified.
Miller’s father, Joe Miller, said the art on his son’s wall was not stolen.
“When I saw that painting, I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not a painting,'” he said.
Joe Miller said he and his wife were concerned that the art had been