- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2002

NORFOLK A painting of the World Trade Center tragedy that was removed from a bank when a customer found it offensive will get a larger venue this weekend.
The colorful piece by self-taught oil artist Paul "Red Rooster" Trice Jr. will be displayed at the Chesapeake Bay Art Association art show at Ocean View Beach Park.
Mr. Trice said he's received many calls and letters of support since his painting was taken down in early February a few days after it went up at the Heritage Bank and Trust branch in the Ocean View neighborhood.
Mr. Trice recalled walking into the bank to make a deposit and discovering that his painting was gone. He said employees told him that a customer objected to the work because it included an image of Osama bin Laden on a poster reading "Most Wanted by FBI Dead or Alive."
"There's not a thing in the world offensive about that painting," Mr. Trice said. "If they read it, it wouldn't have been offensive to them."
Mr. Trice doesn't plan to sell the painting, which he's hoping to somehow get President Bush to sign. But at the show, he will be selling lithographs $150 for a copy signed by the artist, $60 for an unsigned one.
Mr. Trice will be among more than 60 artists exhibiting their works in the association's 40th annual outdoor art show, which organizers expect will attract several thousand people, depending on the weather.
"I figure that art that doesn't excite or offend is maybe a step up from wallpaper," said Mary Haase, chairwoman of the art show. "If you look at most of his work, it's like going to a circus vibrant, lively, very personal."

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