Bethel Rural Community Organization
Art Prints of Historic Sites for Sale
Winners of the art competition conducted by Bethel Rural Community Organization are on display permanently in the dining hall of Bethel Presbyterian Church. The purpose of the art contest was to document historic sites in the Bethel community, encourage an appreciation of the history of the area, provide decorative enhancement to the dining hall of Bethel Presbyterian Church, partner with talented artists in Haywood County, and make the art pieces available for purchase to the general public.
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Nick De Paolo artfully painted the exterior of the historic Bethel Presbyterian Church as it looked in its original white-clapboard appearance prior to 1964 when the church underwent a remodeling that included an added brick façade. De Paolo has been a freelance artist for more than 40 years, was an illustrator with the U.S. Navy, college professor, and currently owner of Long Grove Art School.
Award winning artist, Janice Swanger captured the essence of Lenoir’s Creek Devon, Haywood County’s longest continuing farm (1807) with the county’s longest continuing herd of cattle (mid-1800s when Red Devon cattle were brought to the farm by second owner, Thomas Isaac Lenoir). Her painting brilliantly captures all of the historic structures remaining on the farm as well as the large variety of animals.
Gary Woolard was chosen in his native Beaufort County to paint the 12 oldest churches in the 12 oldest counties in the state. His rendering of the sanctuary of the 1885 Bethel Presbyterian Church with its striking chestnut bead board is a delicate balance between geometric precision and poetic artistry.