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B. B. King Portrait Raffle Already Underway!

Posted on: July 1, 2011

By Karen M. Francis

Friends of the Murphy Library are selling raffle tickets ($1.00 each or $5.00 for 6) for a beautiful original acrylic portrait of B. B. King, one of the most well-known musicians of our time.  Funds raised will go toward the purchase of more adult books for our library.
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American bluesguitarist and singer-songwriter. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the “100 greatest guitarists of all time. B.B. King has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This framed portrait, which currently can be seen opposite the front desk in the Murphy Library, was donated by local artist, James Ryder Murphy IV.  Mr. Murphy attributes his artistic abilities to his parents: his father being a landscape & seascape artist and his Mom being a retired art teacher.  He currently lives in Marble.  He was featured in the March 2011 issue of the Smoky Mountain Free Press. In the article entitled “Energy Paintings”, Bryan Hughes writes, “To be in the company of Jimmy Murphy while looking at his paintings, you can’t but feel you are standing with a living legend”.  In order to see more of his work and show schedule, please call (774) 216-9156. Visit his website at:
Come to the Murphy Library and purchase a raffle ticket ($1.00 each).  We are sure that after seeing this wonderful acrylic masterpiece, you will want to purchase 6 tickets for $5.00.  You will be helping to fund our local library and at the same time be eligible to be the owner of two living legends: B. B. King & James Ryder Murphy.

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