Hillary Clinton portrait briefly shuts down Art Miami tent

Bomb-sniffing dogs became suspicious of crate containing painting

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

MIAMI - A security sweep of the Art Miami tent briefly closed down the surrounding area Saturday morning. The culprit? A portrait of a pink-haired Hillary Clinton wearing a leather jacket.

Ken Harman, the owner of Spoke Art Gallery, said police shut down the tent in Herald Square for a few hours after two bomb-sniffing dogs became suspicious of a crate from his gallery.

Inside the crate, police found the Clinton portrait, "Punk Hillary." 

Although Clinton's jacket says "threat" in bold letters, police found nothing dangerous even after running it through an X-ray machine and allowed Art Miami to reopen.

The shutdown happened around 8 a.m. before the fair opened and only employees were affected, Harman said. However, the Art Miami tent had to open late because of the false alarm.

"Whether this was an anti-Hillary Clinton conspiracy remains to be seen," Harman, said jokingly.

"Punk Clinton" was part of a series of portraits by artist Scott Scheidly of Orlando. One of his other works "Trump Pimp" - a portrait of President Donald Trump in zebra print, a gold chain and a floppy hat - was also on display inside the tent.

Both paintings sold for about $4,000 each earlier this week, Harmon said.

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