Days after departure, Chafee skips portrait unveiling to avoid distracting from Raimondo start


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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The portrait of former Gov. Lincoln Chafee is about to be hung in the State House, but the former chief executive says he won't attend the unveiling.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) that state officials are expected to receive his official portrait next week.

Chafee informed the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, which oversees the portrait project, that he'll skip the unveiling to avoid distracting from the start of Gov. Gina Raimondo's administration.

Rhode Island law calls for the commissioning of an official portrait of governors before they leave office.

About 124 portrait artists answered the council's call last spring to paint Chafee's portrait.

Chafee gave the job to Providence artist Julie Gearan, a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University.

Information from: The Providence Journal,

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