August 11, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) –Raleigh artist Jason Craighead has created an original work of art that will serve as the centerpiece for posters, postcards and other promotional materials for the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Fundraiser, hosted by Purple Armchair in downtown Raleigh this fall, to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Organizers for the event asked Craighead to create a piece that would represent the essence of the fundraiser, which involves artists “recycling” old wooden chairs from Habitat/Wake’s ReStore into original works of art that will be auctioned off during the gala, with proceeds going to Habitat. Entitled “Over Throne”

Besides donating the painting for promotional purposes, Craighead is one of the artists creating works of art from the old chairs. The painting will also be auctioned off during the gala, which will be held Saturday, October 11, at Purple Armchair, 600 N.West Street, one block from Glenwood South.

Craighead is an active member of the arts community and is now working with the Raleigh Arts Commission on its plans for future public art. He has also donated paintings for numerous charitable causes, including Works of Heart, the Triangle area’s annual premiere art auction to benefit The Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina.

He recently received the top “Standing Ovation” award for best artist from Raleigh Metro Magazine’s annual reader’s poll.

The artist is currently represented by Somerhill Gallery in Durham, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, GA,, and Bucks Gallery of Fine Art in Newtown, PA.

For more information on the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction for Habitat/Wake, visit  www.purplearmchair.com.