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Art students create cool chairs for Culpepper

Bobby Culpepper still rocks, but he has a full set of new "hard chairs" to do it in.


Thomson High School art student Helen Hill puts the finishing touches on her butterfly-themed chair. Other students who participated include: Karin Reple, Alicia Gautreaux, Ashby Shurling, Destiny Barbour, Javonna Boyd, Marco Brown, Heather Kelley, Hollie Crawley, Connie Davis, Shannon Fountain and Danette Schutte.
Photo by Staff
And, each chair is a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.

Mr. Culpepper, the owner of Culpepper Ford in Thomson, recently purchased seven new, white rocking chairs to place in front of his dealership. He then asked art students at Thomson High School to spruce them up.

"I just thought it would be as neat as it could be," Mr. Culpepper said Tuesday, shortly after picking the chairs up.

He now plans to place them in the lobbies of local businesses, with a sign crediting the Art Department at THS and listing each student who participated. He said sports and band programs often get the most recognition at the school, and he wanted to show off the students' art skills.

"They did a great job on those chairs," he said.

Eventually, the chairs will make it back to the dealership and on to television screens across the CSRA. And Mr. Culpepper hopes local residents will know McDuffie County students were responsible for the custom chairs.

"As they see the commercials, they need to be proud of their students," he said.

Web posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006

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