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Baker Hunt Artists to Select, Design Ornaments for Kentucky's Tree in DC

Chad Turner, Judy Sanders and Rosemary Topie at The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center in Covington have been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Kentucky’s tree for the 2013 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., the National Park Foundation announced Monday.
Youth students from Baker Hunt will join local artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia who were selected to design and create twenty-four ornaments for their respective state or territory tree.
"We are honored to have been selected to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky as part of the National Christmas Tree display 2013,” said Ray Kingsbury, Baker Hunt Executive Director. “Our young art students at Baker Hunt are taught the importance of art in our daily lives and in the significance of art as a symbol of tradition. This is a perfect example of both.”
Kentucky’s ornaments were designed by students ages 6 to 12 in several classes at The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center. The project inspired the students to study about the State of Kentucky symbols such as the State Bird and butterfly. One class focused on National Parks, making collages with photos of parks and stickers of national parks and embellished with acrylic paint. The other class used Model Magic and natural materials, to create vignettes of a Kentucky Christmas including horses, a bear, a quilt, a log cabin, and even a snowman head in the shape of the state of Kentucky. The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center is a non-profit school founded by Margaretta Baker Hunt in 1922 to inspire the arts and community.
“We are very pleased that Chad Turner, Judy Sanders and Rosemary Topie at The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center will represent Kentucky in this year’s National Christmas Tree display,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This time honored tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.” 
Four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park will kick off with the 91st National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. 
The exact date of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
As one of America’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President’s Park. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, President’s Park hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display. 
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Photo: National Christmas Tree in 2012/via Wikipedia (photo by Tim Evanson)