Monday, March 12, 2007

Barber Raffles Guinn Portrait For Charity

CARSON CITY, Nev. — According to the The Nevada Appeal, Adam Baker, a Carson City barber, visited every state Capitol in the nation on an unusual quest to have his painting of Gov. Guinn photographed in a bathroom inside each of those buildings, including the capitols of Hawaii and Alaska.

Baker was protesting that a Nevada artist was not chosen to do the official portrait of Gov. Kenny Guinn. The distinction was given to Washington state artist Michele Rushworth. Baker said the choice was a snub for Nevada artists, but does rate Rushworth's work highly.

He wrote his official statement in a letter: "I think Michele Rushworth really captured Guinn's disloyalty to the portrait artists of Nevada, 'chuckle.' All joking aside though, Michele Rushworth is an amazing artist and should be congratulated."

Now, Baker is raffling off his painting for charity, namely the Nevada Legacy Corp., which exists to give breaks to those serving as caregivers for family members.

The raffle will be on St. Patrick's Day at Baker's business, Les' Barber Shop, 256 W. Winnie Lane. You can see the painting and buy $5 raffle tickets at the barbershop until that time.

Baker's quest took him a total of one month and nine days done over four trips. At each Capitol, he would simply carry his 24-inch by 36-inch painting into a bathroom, photograph it and leave.

"Everyone thought it was hilarious," he said.

As he began to enter the Capitol in New Jersey, however, a security guard saw Baker approaching and told him he wouldn't be admitted inside the building carrying the painting. Baker had an easy solution, and asked if he could quickly use the restroom before leaving. Of course, that's the only room Baker was interested in anyway, and he got his photograph.

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