America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA in 2017

Each One a Work of Art

Every year one-of-a-kind ornaments are made by ordinary Americans, representing every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia. These artists give their time and talents to design and create ornaments that symbolize the history, heritage and culture of their homelands. The America Celebrates display, which surrounds the National Christmas Tree, is free and open to visitors throughout the month.

Learn about some of the 2017 artists and ornaments in the gallery below:

Alabama

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Jemison Carnegie Heritage Hall Museum – Heritage Hall Museum is a center of quality arts experiences for Talladega and surrounding communities. Local, regional and national artists exhibit and arts enrichment programs are a priority. Alabama has stunning natural wonders and vibrant cultural history, which local area artists celebrated in the creation of the 2017 ornaments. They used different media to showcase some of our treasures; pottery for CREEK INDIAN artifacts, wood-carving for NORTHERN FLICKER, assemblage art for HUBBLEING ALONG, quilting in MY GEE’S BEND and painting for CAMELIAS, BIG LEAF MAGNOLIA, WHITE-TAILED DEER, LONG LEAF PINE, CHEAHA MOUNTAINS, GULF SHORES, LITTLE RIVER CANYON and HELEN KELLER.

Arkansas

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South Arkansas Arts Center and Washington Middle School – Washington Middle School Studio Art Classes and Maria Villegas’ Visual Arts Classes Ages 11–17 at the South Arkansas Arts Center, in El Dorado, Arkansas, participated in this project. Students from different cultural and economic backgrounds, as well as cognitive abilities, designed and created ornaments using colored pencils, paper, markers, and glitter. Students crafted their designs on circular mat-boards to represent the wonderful natural resources in Arkansas. Jorge and Maria Villegas, multidisciplinary AIE artists, directed this project. They have taught for more than 30 years in public school systems and people with disabilities centers, thanks to matching grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and SAAC.

Delaware

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Campus Community School – The Campus Community School art club in Dover, Delaware, have designed all twelve tree bulbs using a variety of different Delaware symbols. For example the Delaware state insect (ladybug) and butterfly (Tiger Swallowtail) are on three of the bulbs. We have the state drink (milk) and the state bird (blue hen) in four bulbs. One student has herself riding side saddle on a blue hen drinking milk in a forest of our state tree (holly tree). We have the state fruit (strawberries). We also included the Delaware seascape and license plate design as well as the man who made us the first state Caesar Rodney. He rode thought a rain storm all night to be the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. We used numerous materials to create the bulbs and most have outside design with an inside look into three of the bulbs.

Guam

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Simeon Sanchez High School Art Department – SSHS students were inspired by local symbolic imagery from cultural artifacts to the environment and landmarks. Students painted or sculpted the state globes using both two dimensional and three dimensional media processes. The student artists are members of the advanced art classes of Simon A. Sanchez High School under the guidance of Mr. Ron Canos.

Indiana

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Jeffersonville Arts Alliance – Members of the Jeffersonville Arts Alliance from Jeffersonville, IN designed ornaments that showcase the river heritage of southern Indiana. The orbs were designed with the Ohio River, Indiana state flower (peony) and Steamboats embodying local heritage. Spray paint, air dry clay and outdoor fabric are month the myriad of materials used to create these eclectic ornaments. Two local art groups the Jeffersonville Arts Alliance and the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, came together to create these ornaments.

Louisiana

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City of Opelousas Main Street Program –Under the instruction of art teacher Kimberly Becnal Nelams, art students from Magnet Academy of Cultural Arts located in Opelousas LA, designed ornaments that showcase the state. Ornament designs include drawaings of Tony Chachere Creole Foods, the LSU tiger and a fleur-de-lis. The students were first asked to think of what Louisiana Christmas meant to them. After some brainstorming, some students decided that they wanted to draw out their concept on paper, paint it and the cut it out to fit the ornament. Other students assembled objects together for their design. The students consist of 11 Talented Art 10th graders and one Talented Art 11th grader.

Michigan

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Sheryl Amburgey – Known for her stylized flowers, Sheryl Amburgey was inspired to paint Michigan’s state flower, the apple blossom. Her flowers are painted in white and soft pale pinks that lay over shades of blue that represent the great lakes. Each ornament has layers of acrylic paint, impasto, pen, seed beads, and wire ribbon. Sheryl is a mixed media artist of 7 years. She has a degree in Art Education and enjoys teaching art to all ages in her studio and gallery, Essa Arts in Jackson, MI.

Montana

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Victor School – Victor School is a rural, K-12 public school in western Montana. Our students live in a river valley embraced by two mountain ranges where there is quick access to wilderness recreation on abundant Pubic Land. We were fortunate to have a guest poet visit our school to help stir the emotions we have for this home place. Caroline Patterson worked with combined ages of students who collaborated to write poems in October. Art students responded to the poems with pictures and they were shrunk down and arranged on the insides of our ornament blanks. Montana is a beautiful muse.

New Jersey

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The Trenton Community A-TEAM – Ornaments were designed and created by The Trenton Community A-TEAM. They are mini dioramas and hand painted ornaments representing the holidays, animals, and breast cancer recovery.

North Dakota

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Valley City High School Senior Art Students – Valley City High School Advanced Art Students, North Dakota The ornaments for North Dakota, themed “North Dakota Snow Birds,” were designed by twelve Valley City High School seniors in advanced art under the direction of art instructor Kelly Callahan. Since 2003, VCHS senior high art students have consistently placed in the North Dakota Jr. Duck Stamp Competition as state champions and runner-up along with 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd and honorable mention awards. When asked to comment on this annual success, the artists replied, “Drawing and painting birds is what we do best.” For this reason the theme of birds was selected for the ornament design. A variety of mediums were used, such as acrylic paint, glue, glitter and clay. Angela Larson painted a Canadian goose flying over the fields of Valley City, North Dakota.

Oregon

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Rise & Shine Program – Warm Springs K8 Academy – The ornaments we provided was created by students and staff from the Warm Springs Culture & Heritage Department, Rise & Shine and Language Programs. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon consists of 3 distinct tribes including the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute. The ornaments were painted by the students to represent their tribal affiliations and the staff completed them by adding the beads. The inspiration for many of the ornaments was to show pride in who we are and where we come from.

South Carolina

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Ornaments were designed and created by Tarleton Blackwell & students at Scott’s Branch High School.

Utah

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Southern Utah Museum of Art Community Students – Middle and high school students from Cedar City, Utah met in the classroom of the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) to create the ornaments under the direction of SUU art education professor, Alisa Petersen. Their artwork represents the unique and beautiful landscape of Utah through collage. The students painted sheets of Tyvek, then cut and glued layers to create mountains, lakes, arches, bluffs, and many other landscape features found in Utah.

Washington

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Methow Arts – Arts Education – Through a project of Methow Arts Alliance in Twisp, WA, Methow Valley Elementary students (3rd- through 5th-graders) worked with professional teaching artist Bruce Morrison to create block prints featuring native plants from the region. Starting with leaves, berries, flowers and tufted grasses that Morrison had gathered, students sketched their designs on rubber printing blocks. Then they carved the blocks, inked them, and transferred the images to paper by hand using a bamboo baren.

Alaska

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University of Alaska Fairbanks Art Department – Students, faculty and staff from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Art Department employed a variety of techniques and materials to create ornaments that represent northern themes. Participants include Professor Miho Aoki’s Computer Arts students, Professor Wendy Croskrey, Annie Duffy, Theresa Woldstad, Allison Zhang, Jenny Chamberlain, Wendy Connolley, Max Bartsch, Indi Walter, Erin Krogstad, Olena Ellis, and Carol Hoefler.

California

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American Film Institute – As a production designer in film and TV, Stella adopt montage technique into the ornaments’ design, to interpret the contemporary moment in current California. The design process is challenging and exciting – from extensive research to collecting souvenirs from vibrant cultural neighborhoods and ecological landmarks, to later on altering them into elements that presents the current day California with fragments of various contemporary moments.

District of Columbia

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Girl Scouts Troops 2920 and 5378 – Nation’s Capital – The Girl Scouts was delighted to decorate the bulbs for the Christmas Tree. We used the Girl Scout of all levels to make girls in getting the highest award you can get for Girl Scout. We used Stem in some of the bulbs, such as what you will need to fix a telephone, going camping in the woods. Selling Girl Scout Cookies. The award you get for 100 hours of service.

Hawaii

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Kamehāmeha Elementary School Kapalama Campus – Ornaments from the State of Hawaii were created by students from Kamehameha Elementary School, Kapālama Campus. Kamehameha Schools was founded in 1887 by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of Kamehameha the Great, for students of Hawaiian ancestry. Forty-one student artists ranging from Grades 1-6, guided by Art Kumu Kathleen Chock and Wendy Larrow and assisted by Educational Assistant Tammy Aea reflected on Hawaiian cultural themes and the land around us to create “Hawaiʻi’s Twelve Ornaments”: Kanikapila, Hawaiian Beauty, Endangered Icons, Kalo, Origins, Ocean Play, Honu, In the Ocean, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Surfing, Pineapple & the Hōkūleʻa. Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Iowa

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Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa – Fall Juliette’s – A select group of Girl Scouts from the Greater Iowa Council created their ornaments to reflect the diverse landscape of their state. This special group designated as the Fall Juliette’s depict charming scenes from a snow filled wonderland to the skyline of their capitol city. The ornaments were colorfully and expertly handpainted for all to enjoy Iowa.

Maine

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Maine Education Association – Retired Educators – Hand-crafted ornaments designed by retired educators from around the state of Maine will adorn the State Tree. The ornaments depict life and artifacts in the state of Maine and are the creations of many artists.

Minnesota

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Tammy Grubbs – I was inspired by Minnesota’s 6 national parks Grand Portage, the Mississippi, the North Country, Saint Croix, Voyageurs, Pipestone which is located in my hometown and other landscapes in Minnesota. It is filled with beauty, the northern lights, rare wildflowers, tall grass prairies, soft mornings by foggy lakes, lighthouses on rocky cliffs, Native American quarries, beautiful colors of all four seasons all along the Mississippi River and serene lakes, rural farms and beautiful cities. Tammy Grubbs was born in New Mexico, she lives and works as a professional artist in Pipestone, MN. She has been painting since the age of 5 under the guidance of her parents who were artists. She began teaching art at the age of 12. She has 6 children all very artistic and a grandson.

Nebraska

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Charlene Potter – Charlene is honored to represent Nebraska with the ornament design for 2017. The ornaments are created in hand-built porcelain. The design on one side is recessed relief wheat which honor of Nebraskan Farmers for their hard work. The other design is Nebraska’s State flower, Goldenrod. Charlene Potter is a caring environmental artist. Charlene’s artistic passion is hand-built porcelain clay and nature is her inspiration. She creates art including natural designs uplifting messages, and beautiful colors. After attaining her BFA from Bellevue University, Charlene found porcelain clay leading her into world of leaves and then eventually into flowers and leaves and the wonderment of nature. Currently she is working on endangered floral sculptures.

New Mexico

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New Mexico “Pop Up” Arts Collective – The Zia symbol of friendship among united cultures tops blue corn posole and pinto beans and a deconstructed paper garland from Mexico. Posole is a popular Southwestern stew originally made by the “ancients” in New Mexico and Mexico. Made from dried corn kernels, it was a staple foodstuff, essential for survival. As a Christmas or New Year’s dish, posole is thought to bring good luck for the coming year. Posole is also popular on Native American feast days.

North Mariana Islands

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Mount Carmel School – Mount Carmel School’s 10th grade Art and Crafts students, under the direction of May Ling Colombo, created a variety of ornaments inspired by local interests, landmarks and icons of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Materials used include paper, sand, wood, seashells and clay. Paper-cutting, wood carving, hand building and painting are some of the mediums showcased in the ornaments.

Pennsylvania

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Ornaments were designed and created by The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.

South Dakota

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Flandreau Indian School – The inspiration and energy encompassing the students designs come from their knowledge of South Dakota. Some wanted to share Native American traditions like sage, sweetgrass, leather, beads, shells, and Pow Wow regalia ornaments like bone and feathers, plus the Medicine Wheel colors of red, yellow, black, and white play a role in all their designs, as well as turkey feathers that dangle from each ornament to share that we have a clutch of wild turkeys that inhabit Flandreau Indian School. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial are our most obvious inspirations.

Vermont

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ArtisTree Community Art Center – Staff members from ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, Vermont designed ornaments that showcase the unique aspects of living in Vermont during the four seasons. Some depict iconic images from those seasons, some depict aspects of daily life, and some portray the state symbols (e.g., the Northern Leopard Frog: the state amphibian!). The result was a unique blend of materials, design and symbols that say alot about the people, culture and beauty of the Green Mountain State. Over eleven staff members contributed to the project and are excited to represent the Vermont state tree in Washington, D.C. this year.

West Virginia

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Shelley Stollings-Goodman – The ornaments designed contain a variety of WV history and culture. Six of the ornaments I painted for WV Governor & First Lady Tomblin from 2010-2016. WV Honors All Who served is dedicated to the soldiers who bravely fight daily for our freedom. Per capita WV has more serving in arms than any other country in our nation. WVU & Marshall Universities are our largest known colleges. Wv Pumpkin festival one of the largest festivals in the nation that draws visitors from all over the Country. I am featuring the West Virginia Coal Miner. The ornaments is free-hand painted with crushed up coal from a WV mine applied with tweezers in the spade of the coal shovel on the ornament. It is a tribute to the brave men and women that work in WV’s mining industry. I’m proud to be part of the National Christmas Tree celebration.

American Samoa

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Society of Fa’afafine in American Samoa – Our Christmas ornaments are design from our own local items such as coconuts shells etc. each ornaments tells a different story. 1. Tai samasama 2. Niu Aveave [ coconut tree] 3. Laei e le Taupou or [Taupou clothe] 4. Tanoa 5. Fale Samoa [a house built of samoa woods etc] 6. Tuiga [head piece] 7. Palefuiono 8. Ipu Ava [Cup] 9. Ato Laufala [ Basket made of dry leaves] 10.11.12 all three are two sided representing traditional on one side and contemporary on the other.

Colorado

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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design – When asked to create holiday decorations for the America Celebrates display, students and faculty members from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) were inspired to create ornaments that represented the many facets of Colorado. The pieces represent landmarks, state symbols, and the colorful spirit of the people who live there. Artists used a variety of materials to create dynamic designs, including sculpting clay, foam, acrylic paint, watercolor, cotton, paper, and natural materials such as dried leaves—bringing a literal piece of Colorado to Washington, D.C. to represent the state.

Florida

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ART Town at Boys Town of North Florida – The children of Boys Town North Florida designed the ornaments at ART Town, a therapeutic retreat for children and families. The ornaments were designed around the theme “Florida: A Living Work of heART”. Each ornament has swirls of blue, green and white paint to portray Florida’s beautiful oceans. Glitter, shells, and stones were used to create the sparkling beaches. The blue, green, yellow and orange ribbons represent the vibrant colors of Florida’s plentiful natural resources. Some of the ornaments are encased by a heart as a reminder of the love our children have for their home.

Idaho

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4th Graders at Pepper Ridge Elementary – All ornaments were created by a class of 4th grade students at Pepper Ridge Elementary, in the West Ada School District. They chose to represent many of Idaho’s State Symbols, and were required to research their symbol, as well as create up to 8 different sketches as well as an artist proposal to me for approval. They also collaboratively brainstormed on art mediums we had that would best survive being outside on the elements, and created their art based on the group’s decision. All artwork is 100% 4th grade student designed and generated.

Kansas

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Salina Art Center – Ornaments created through collaboration by Salina Art Center Paperworks, Central Kansas Mental Health Center and the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. Gretchen Boyum, Director of Education and Programming at SAC, along with assistant Anne Hockstra designed the ornaments that showcase blue, yellow and brown papers handmade from old t-shirts. Participants from DVACK and CKMHC worked with SAC staff to cut and pulp the t-shirts, then sieved and screen the pulp into paper sheets. These sheets were torn and pieced to create sunflower collages.

Maryland

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Children of Smith Island, MD with artist Katherine Dilworth – The ornaments were painted by the children of Ewell School on Smith Island, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland artist Katherine Dilworth travelled by boat to the school, which currently has 11 students grade pre K-7, because she wanted the ornaments to highlight the animals and birds of the bay, particularly those that have been threatened by development or changes to their environment. The kids painted directly onto oyster shells found on Smith Island.

Mississippi

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Teresa Haygood – Mosaic artist, Teresa Haygood, located in the capital city of Jackson, was chosen by the state’s art agency, the Mississippi Arts Commission, to create ornaments to honor Mississippi’s bicentennial year, celebrating 200 years of statehood. Using colorful bits of stained glass, she created detailed mosaic designs to represent the culture, history, arts, and topography of the state. Teresa hand-cut every piece of glass individually and built the designs to illuminate and transpose overlapping images of shape and color. Much like a mosaic, Mississippi is composed of many diverse pieces that when bound together, reveal its greater unity.

Nevada

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Roberta Moore – Inspired by the Silver State’s clear night skies in our small rural community of Baker, Nevada, the 12 Baker Elementary School Art Class students (third grade through six grade) each designed a night sky constellation to be depicted on a 4 inch blue ball ornament. After their drawing was completed, it was transferred to the ornament and inked with silver marker pens. As soon as the ink dried, each student glued rhinestones to create the stars in their constellation and added a silver ribbon in the ornament hanger.

New York

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Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York – Troop 3415 – Designers from Girl Scout troop 3415 of Queensbury, NY are Bethany, Jayden, Zayda, Selena, Kiera and Nevaeh. We selected and designed our ornaments to represent various state emblems and to showcase attractions throughout the state of New York. Our troop is a multi-level troop of 40 girls who range in age from 5-18 years old. Troop cookie sales help us travel to historic locations, perform community service projects and learn new skills (knots, archery, boating) while we camp. We used this project to learn more about our state and we are honor to be a part of this celebration.

Ohio

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Ohio Craft Museum – The ornaments were created by 12 member artists of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a nonprofit organization that engages and enriches the community through exhibitions and education programs at the Ohio Craft Museum, and provides professional development and sales opportunities for artists. We asked artists from across the state and who worked in a variety of mediums: Leah Wong, paper cutouts; Chad Davis, laser-cut wood; Jamie Hevener, felted wool; Mackenzie Schroeder, clay; Barb Vogel, collage; Evangelia Philippidis, scratchboard; Shelley Brenner Baird, quilt; Howard Peller, basketry; Mary Ann Tipple, felted wool; Margaret Rhein, paper/natural materials; Chris Lang, felted wool; Maddy Fraioli, clay.

Puerto Rico

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Students of Juan Villafañe Rios at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico – The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico is honored to represent P.R. in the 2017 Christmas Tree Display. These ornaments were made by the museums employees children ranging between the ages of 3 and 13 years. These ornaments showcase our Christmas tradition, the star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings. The participants were guided by the artist and art teacher, Juan Villafañe Rios. The materials used were linen paper, colored pencils, pastels, construction paper, crayons, glitter and glue.

Tennessee

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Borderless Arts Tennessee – Borderless Arts Tennessee contracted artist Yvette Cowden to work with young adults with disabilities from the Tennessee School for the Blind and the Borderless Arts Teapot Diplomat program. The young artists worked in partnership with students from Middle Tennessee State University on the university’s campus. The ornaments are made in honor of Tennessee’s new Teapot Diplomat program, which uses the arts and tea as a way to start conversations on issues relevant to people with disabilities.

Virgin Islands

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Addelita Cancryn Junior High School – Ten students at The Addelita Cancryn Jr High School designed their ornaments to portray the local scenary on the island. They’ve chosen to show the Flag, beaches, sandmen, sailing Santas, sweet treats and more. Materials like paint, sequence, jewels, pipe cleansers etc were used. The students of both 7th and 8th grade were honored to represent the Virgin Islands for the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting. It was great that even through this tough time we were still able to showcase our VI pride.

Wisconsin

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VSA Wisconsin – These unique ornaments were created by Wisconsin artists with disabilities in classes conducted by VSA Wisconsin. VSA Wisconsin’s mission is to expand the capabilities, confidence and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities by providing programs in dance, drama, music and visual art. Using pinecones, beads, glitter and paint, the artists created ornaments showcasing their pride in our beautiful state. Many ornaments feature the winter scenes so familiar to Wisconsinites. One salutes our state’s contribution to the armed forces. Others depict the University of Wisconsin’s beloved Bucky mascot – and the famous ‘cheeseheads’ for which our state is known!

Arizona

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ASU School of Art – Each ornament was crafted from a specialized department within the Herberger Institute School of Art at Arizona State University. A variety of these hand fabricated ornaments feature elements native to Arizona such as Turquoise, woods, and clay. Inspirations were drawn from various sources, ranging from the unique Arizonan landscape to diverse media and aspects that make up the world of an art educator.

Connecticut

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Adam Chambers – I chose to highlight the idea of diversity in my piece, creating portraits of 11 CT residents who have worked to increase tolerance and diversity in society. The portraits were enclosed in the globes and joined together to make a single ornament. Text was added spelling out the word “Diverse-CT!” By joining the ornaments together, I was attempting to emphasize the idea of connection, that we all impact and influence each other through our actions. As an artist, I often use figurative imagery and humor to address psychological themes and existential questions about the role of the individual in society.

Georgia

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Arts Center – The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA) is a non-profit organization in the North Georgia Mountains with a mission to provide opportunities in the realm of the arts for the individual and the community. BRMAA’s core values focus on enhancing and preserving the quality and accessibility of the arts, honoring our rich heritage of Appalachian culture, serving as a catalyst for economic development for our community and promoting contemporary, multi-cultural arts. Created by the staff of BRMAA, the 2017 Georgia ornaments are based on the unique art and traditions of Barn Quilts in a range of mediums from wood burning, painting and mixed media collage. By utilizing traditional barn quilt patterns and incorporating freeform design on wood squares, BRMAA’s ornaments serve to represent the many facets of Georgia. Some of the ornaments highlighted in the series include: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of freedom, recognition of our Art Town and Trout Capital of Georgia designations, the natural beauty within our great state and community, and our national pride.

Illinois

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Girl Scouts of Central Illinois – Troop 3200 – The Illinois Pride 2017 ornaments were created by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Troop 3200 out of Decatur, IL. The 46 girls, of all levels of scouts from Daisy Scouts through Ambassador Scouts, were challenged to find examples of Illinois Pride. The Daisies (K-1) researched Illinois Landmarks and Symbols. The Brownies (2-3) found Inventions and Presidents related to Illinois. The Juniors (4-5) looked for Foods and Firsts of Illinois. The Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (6-12) researched Local Lore and Notorious Characters. The Leaders found Oddities and Fun Facts. These are represented in a collage in each ornament. We hope you enjoy learning about Illinois as much as we did.

Kentucky

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Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council – Troop 5185 – Girl Scout Troop 5185 from Prestonburg, KY designed and created ornaments honoring the many icons representing “My Old Kentucky Home”, ranging from the beautiful horses to the daily benefit of coal to the Girl Scout Founder – Juliette Gordon Low. The Girls and their families are proud to represent Kentucky personally at this years National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington D.C.

Massachusetts

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Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts – These handpainted ornaments were created by Troop # 55302 of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. The designs colorfully showcase the spirit of the Holidays in Massachusetts and the creativity of this special group of Girl Scouts.

Missouri

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Jennifer Dodson – Jennifer Dodson’s ornaments depict historic structures from National Parks in Missouri. Historic structures were chosen because they have an important story to tell about our culture, and have withstood the test of time. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways, which is the artist’s home park, graces 7 of her 12 ornaments. Alley Mill, which is featured on one of the ornaments, was minted on a quarter released in June of this year.
The artist is a retired art and gifted education teacher and currently works as a clerk for the US Postal Service. She resides in Eminence, Missouri.

New Hampshire

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts Program – The ornaments, made by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) behavioral medicine patients, are intended to showcase the healing effect of art and the holistic approach to care at DHMC. Art allows patients to express emotions in a positive, safe environment and compliments the work of traditional therapy. Participants used multi-media and paints to create ornaments that represent their hopes and aspirations and the positive impact the arts have had on their journey towards better mental health.

North Carolina

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Pocosin Arts & Tyrrell County High School – The ornaments were made by High School students from Columbia High School in Tyrell County, NC, and were led by the Resident Artists at Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, located in Columbia, NC. Students were encouraged to think about their favorite aspects of North Carolina. Working with the Resident Artists, participants drew sketches and then transformed their drawings into paper cutouts. After creating 3 design panels, triptychs were assembled inside the ornaments to showcase each student’s individuality and love of their community.

Oklahoma

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Ornaments were designed and created by the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.

Rhode Island

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Faculty Artists at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies – Three teaching artists from the Coleman Center for Creative Studies at the Newport Art Museum designed ornaments that showcase the artistic spirit of the gaculty of Aquidneck Island Artists. Artists Samantha Alarie, Lisa May Tobin and Mandy Howe used paint, collage and textiles to decorate their ornaments.

Texas

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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas – The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas designed and created these handcrafted ornaments for all to enjoy. They showcase the talents of this Troop and their pride of their state of Texas and representing the Girl Scouts.

Virginia

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Tidewater Arts Outreach – Tidewater Arts Outreach is grateful for the opportunity to engage elders in an art project that honors the great Commonwealth of Virginia through the America Celebrates Display in Washington. The elders we serve may be dependent on others for care, but they are still able to contribute meaningfully to society and they love being part of the bigger picture. Amanda Wallace, an artist with Tidewater Arts Outreach, helped elders at Coliseum Park Nursing Home in Hampton, VA use squares of tissue paper and glue to create a stained-glass effect on the ornaments provided. She was aware that the elders designing the ornaments had limited dexterity and selected a process that was accessible and rewarding for them.

Wyoming

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Rawlins Middle School – Students from Rawlins Middle School, under the instruction of Ms. Jamie Chapman (Art Teacher), were proud to represent Wyoming in the National Christmas Tree Project. Students researched and designed images of what makes the state of Wyoming special in both intimate, individual ways, as well as the better known “touristy” perceptions, such as the wildlife and National Parks that are such a rich part of Wyoming heritage. Students worked together, inspiring each other to create imagery reflecting our state’s treasures. Artists created relief texture tiles in clay, which were textured, then painted after bisque firing. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, as well as staff from the middle school, worked together over three weeks to create the 24 hand-painted ceramic tiles, which are mounted back-to-back inside the plastic ornament globes.

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