Call to all artists

Published 1:11 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Virginia Executive Mansion has once again requested holiday tree ornaments representing Virginia cities, towns and counties. The Virginia Association of Counties is assisting in collecting ornaments from Virginia counties for the tree that is displayed in the mansion’s ballroom.

The Lunenburg County Historical Society is helping to get the word out to those in the area who would like to submit an entry. The holiday tree will be on view to the public throughout the season and will be seen by thousands of visitors to the Executive Mansion. This project is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what makes Lunenburg special.

Each locality is asked to submit one hand-crafted ornament that uniquely represents their community. Lunenburg entries are to be submitted at the County Administration Building, 11413 Courthouse Road, Lunenburg, by Friday, Nov. 2, in time for judging and mailing of the fi nal entry to Richmond.

Here are the guidelines: · Each participating locality may submit one ornament.

· The Executive Mansion’s staff suggests a depiction of some unique feature that is specifi c to your community, such as an historic home, a noted person, a natural feature, an animal or plant from the region, etc., with the understanding the overall theme this year will be around children and families.

· The Executive Mansion prefers handmade ornaments as opposed to purchased ornaments.

· Examples of materials that could be used for creating the ornament include clay, glass, shells, fabric, wood, found objects and objects from nature. · The ornament should be no larger than 6 inches in any dimension and should not weigh more than 1.5 ounces to be displayed on the tree.

· The fi nished ornament should include the name of the locality, the year 2018, and artist’s name on the back or bottom.

· The artist/artisan should reside in or near the locality.

· Please include a brief description about your ornament that may be used for the Virginia Tourism Commission’s magazine and press releases.

Good luck to all who enter. The historical society looks forward to seeing Lunenburg represented on the Executive Mansion Tree.