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Hot Springs Artist Creates Ornaments for National Christmas Tree

Arkansas Arts Council - Friday, November 06, 2015

The artwork of Hot Springs artist Barbara Cade was selected to represent the state of Arkansas at the White House for the America Celebrates: Ornaments from Across the USA display at President’s Park. TheAmerica Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree Lighting presented by the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

Each year, one artist from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia is selected to design ornaments for his/her state Christmas tree. The small state trees surround the National Christmas Tree.

This year, the selected artists were asked to create ornaments that are inspired by America’s national parks and their programs to pay tribute to the upcoming National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Cade created 12 ornaments for the Arkansas tree that are inspired by the famous bath houses in Hot Springs National Park.

“I photographed the tile designs in the bath houses in Hot Springs National Park. My ornament designs are based as closely as possible to the original designs,” she said. “The background for the designs is made of handmade wool felt and resembles the marble of the floors and walls. The tile designs are sequins. It was a challenging project.”

She said the national parks have played a huge role in her life. “It is an honor to help celebrate. And I am honored to give back something of beauty.”