Ruth Faison Shaw


Honored by her niece as “an inspirational Southern woman,”

and my new favorite artist!

Inventor of fingerpainting

(but really it’s wrist-, forearm-, and knuckle-painting)

Inspired by a child

and later, veterans and trauma survivors

Served as a relief worker in Europe during WW I

Began an art school for children in Rome

Introduced fingerpainting to mental health therapy

Treated psychiatric patients and consulted UNC Department of Psychiatry

Learned chemistry in order to develop non-toxic paints

Patent holder, Author and TV show host

From Europe to NYC,

and, from Kenansville to Wilmington,

she was always North Carolinian!

For more information and fascinating historical archives, see the UNC Special Collections Library:

originals by Mama & Adele Solenne (2024)

Dr. Lacey L Robinson
Dr. Lacey L Robinson

Dr. Lacey L Robinson, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. As a lifelong learner, she continues to enjoy studying for both personal and professional development. As a dentist, her passion is on how best to restore full-mouth smiles with predictable, harmonious, and esthetic results. She acts as Vice President for her local ADA Dental Society and is a graduate of the Dawson Academy, a leading international organization for post-graduate dental education.

In addition, Dr. Robinson is passionate about clinical mental health counseling and is enrolled in Wake Forest University’s Master’s in Mental Health Counseling online program. She currently volunteers in our community with individuals and families experiencing trauma, and she is enthusiastic about helping others define their purpose and live out their best selves.

Dr. Robinson also advocates for our community through her service as Chairwoman of the City of Havelock Cultural Arts Advisory Committee, as ex-offico Chairwoman of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, and through her service on the Board of Directors for Coastal Women’s Shelter.