Whitlock said by Friday, though, that Marie had been notified that her work had been removed.
Marie was one of 34 artists selected in April to join Tamarack's artisan residency. It's unclear if Marie's residency will remain.
Phone calls to Marie's Fayetteville studio and emails were not returned Friday.
According to Marie's website, she received a master of fine arts degree in art history and studio arts, but does not name the institution. She interned at the Chicago Art Institute in art restoration and was mentored by Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein, she writes on her website.
Afremov said by email Friday that his work is often plagiarized and that he's given up trying to stop those who copy him.
"I tried suing a few, but it's too much effort and I cannot get everyone," Afremov said. "After all, none of them was able to copy my work well. I would personally shake the hand of the artist who can copy my painting so identical that I cannot even see the difference myself."
Sometimes, students will ask Afremov by Facebook or by his website to copy his work for educational purposes. He gives them permission only if they give him credit, he said.
Marie did not ask for permission, he said. Her piece appears to be a fragment copied from his larger "Tropical Fiesta" scene.
Afremov was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, and lived in Israel and Florida. He currently lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Whitlock said the situation has been dealt with.Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.