July 31, 2021

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Columbia’s ‘Chicken Man’ exhibits appreciation with community event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – For the following five days, the corner of Gervais St. and Oak St. in Columbia will be full of hundreds of paintings of chickens.

It’s element of a reception becoming set on by Ernest Lee, the Columbia artist much better known as “The Rooster Guy.” Lee has been portray in Columbia for far more than 20 many years and the out of doors corner stand has been his office for about the very last 6 a long time.

“The chicken chose me, I didn’t pick out it,” Lee said with a chuckle.

For many in Columbia, both of those the Hen Man and his rooster artwork have turn out to be legendary.

“He’s all close to. You by no means know in which you are likely to see 1 of his prints,” Marlene Steiner explained.

Steiner was among the those people who stopped by an event that started Friday and runs by means of Tuesday at the Chicken Man’s stand at 2250 Gervais St. The reception included free of charge meals from Lee’s spouse and children Friday, and a band is scheduled to carry out Saturday.

“The future 5 days, I’ll just arrive out, heading to have my go well with on, and market it,” Lee said. “What I normally do each and every day.”

But for this celebration, he is exhibiting off a lot much more paintings than ordinary — more than 400 items, Lee approximated.

Effson Bryant stopped at the function on his way house from a trip to Florida, obtaining heard about the Hen Man in excess of time. He bought a few of parts Friday and may be again for additional.

“He’s so gifted and so gifted, and I experienced to get me quite a few parts of that,” Bryant stated. “Matter of fact, there’s 1 additional piece I want, I’m likely to invest in. I adore that it is really about the Emanuel 9, and I understood Sen. Rev. Pinckney true properly.”

Steiner, who has regarded Lee considering that 2000 and owns several paintings by him, mentioned Lee’s character delivers her again as significantly as his art.

“He’s pretty generous. He’s a incredibly offering person, and you won’t fulfill a nicer human being to deal with,” she claimed.

Lee reported profits this weekend can assist him with his purpose to eventually go to an indoor gallery and retailer.

“I would like to, but I’m not in a hurry to do that,” he reported.

But even more, he required to hold the function to present his appreciation for the people who have supported him in excess of the decades.

“I’ve been blessed truly,” Lee claimed. “My function has genuinely been taking off in Columbia. Out of all the places I go, I see them extra here, and it’s been a blessing, and perhaps some doors are heading to open up up for me for, I never know, a studio.”

Regardless of wherever he performs, the Chicken Guy hopes to do one thing earlier mentioned all: make men and women happy.

“And I really like it, and persons like what I do,” Lee claimed.

The event will run Friday as a result of Tuesday, every working day from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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