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A four foot wide piece of solid wood (which is what you have even if it is smaller pcs edge glued together) is going to do some serious moving perpendicular to the grain during seasonal changes. It will shrink during the heating season and expand during cooling. If you try to stop it from moving, it will split. You have to leave it where it can move. The painting hanging on it has no effect.

Maybe if it's painted, you should have used plywood for 4' of the width and just added enough solid wood to get the required width? That would make it better, but it would still move some.
 
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