This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia in honor of the theme, “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.” Albemarle County is excited to be represented on the tree with a one-of-a-kind ornament, handmade by local artist Lynn Eheart, that uniquely reflects the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle.
Ms. Eheart, decorated an emu egg using acrylic paint and mod podge. The large, sturdy egg serves as a unique canvass for her theme, “Loving Albemarle’s History and Attractions… A Day Trip.” The egg is decorated with a mural featuring many of Albemarle’s attractions including tubing on the James River, wine tasting, farmer’s markets, hot air balloons, apple orchards, and of course, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The ornament brilliantly captures the essence and the overall scenic beauty of the County.
While Ms. Eheart has been painting glass ornaments since 1984, this is only the second emu egg she’s painted. The first was the example she submitted with her application. She spent close to nine hours painting the egg, which she received from Laura Dollard, a dear friend of Ms. Eheart’s who recently passed away. The ornament is dedicated to Ms. Dollard’s memory.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen to represent the County on the Commonwealth’s holiday tree this year” said Ms. Eheart, “I am very proud to have been selected.”
Ms. Eheart will have the distinction of:
- Having her ornament on display on the tree in the Executive Mansion’s ballroom through the holiday season. During December, they welcome thousands of visitors who come see Virginia’s historic “first house” decked out in its holiday décor!
- Having her ornament featured on the Albemarle County website at www.albemarle.org/ornament, and promoted on the County’s social media platforms.
- Meeting the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and being publicly recognized at the October 14, 2015 Board meeting.
- Upon its return from the Executive Mansion, having the ornament on display at the Crozet Artisan’s Depot for 30 days.