Mis-Delivered Valentine Creates Thorny Problem

"A beautiful painting is about to go unclaimed": Kathleen Barrett

A "very romantic" painting depicting a pair of roses with the words "All You Need is Love" written across the top landed on Kathleen Burke Barrett's condominium doorstep this week.

There's just one problem: it's supposed to go to someone else.

The name Ellen or Eller Gibson is written across the back of the 4-foot-by-2-foot painting -- separate from the "indecipherable" signature on the front -- and there's a note attached to the sheet covered the painting that reads, "I need the sheet back," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Barrett, who lives in Richmond and operates a nonprofit facility that helps children, says she wants to find the rightful owner or intended recipient.

"I just think that this is something very romantic and a beautiful painting is about to go unclaimed," Barrett told the Times-Dispatch.

The self-described "incurable romantic" said she hopes to turn the painting over to its owner or intended recipient in time for Valentine's Day.

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