Celebrated Artist Chick Wooten To Appear At RHA Howell’s River Bend Center

Chick Wooten with one of his murals.

September 12, 2010 (River Bend, NC) — Renowned primitive artist Chick Wooten will be on hand for a public tour of the murals he painted throughout the halls of the RHA Howell River Bend Center in New Bern, NC, on Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit a child or an adult with a disability at RHA Howell River Bend.

A second opportunity to tour the center will be available on November 16th by appointment.

One of eight children, Chick Wooten grew up on a farm in LaGrange, North Carolina, and began making sketches in 1959 after moving to New Jersey. In the 1970s he moved back to LaGrange and began receiving widespread recognition for his art. Two series of his paintings, “Days Back Yonder” and “The Garden Spot,” capture the relaxed charm of Southern culture in their depictions of rural Eastern North Carolina in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Chick Wooten is best known for his paintings of life in the Carolina countryside. The central themes of his work are family life, togetherness especially in tough times, and the importance of faith and community traditions.

The artist’s wall murals can be seen not only in the interiors of all of RHA Howell’s care centers for the developmentally disabled, but also the halls of LaGrange Elementary.

RHA Howell River Bend, which serves 125 people with disabilities, is located at 140 Pirates Road, New Bern, NC 28562. Admission to the public tour is free and $10 donations are welcomed to help the center reach its goal of raising $5000. For more information, contact Laura Marcum at 252-638-6519; lmarcum@rhanet.org.

For more information on RHA Howell, visit www.rhahowell.org.

About RHA Howell:

RHA Howell, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has, for over 35 years, been dedicated to helping people with special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently. Integrity, high standards for quality and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program.  RHA Howell’s services are provided statewide.  For more information, visit www.rhahowell.org.

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