CHARLESTON, W.Va. – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has unveiled the 2016 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament, the seventh in the series of her annual holiday ornament collection. Keeping with West Virginia tradition, the 2016 holiday ornament was painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident artist Shelley Goodman, and features the Artistree, the Governor’s Mansion holiday tree.
Since 2011, Governor and First Lady Tomblin have invited West Virginia artists of all ages to submit handmade ornaments for the tree in the mansion foyer, lovingly referred to as the Artistree.
“The creative Artistree decorations delight our family and holiday guests each year, and we are so thankful for the hundreds of artists who have submitted ornaments throughout our time in the Governor’s Mansion,” First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said. “As a symbol of our holiday season, we think it is fitting that the Artistree share a place among the ornaments we have commissioned since 2010.”
In addition to the 2016 Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament, First Lady Tomblin today introduced an eight-piece, limited-edition gift set featuring all seven of the Governor’s Mansion holiday ornaments that she and Governor Tomblin have commissioned, including the 2013 Sesquicentennial ornament.
“It has been a pleasure working with Shelley and Commissioner Reid-Smith to commission these beautiful ornaments each year,” First Lady Tomblin said. “These beautiful ornaments are the perfect way to honor Shelley’s work, our state’s symbols and the holiday season as a whole.”
Artist Shelley Goodman uses enamel paints to create detailed nature and floral paintings. Although her artistic touch is most often found in kitchenware, she has enjoyed the challenge of designing the Governor’s Mansion holiday ornaments each year.
Her works, titled “Designs by Shelley,” are sold at Tamarack in Beckley and at a number of West Virginia’s fairs and festivals across the state. Goodman also designed the 2010-2015 holiday ornaments, as well as the official West Virginia Sesquicentennial ornament.
Funding support for the 2016 Governor’s Mansion ornament and the eight-piece ornament gift set was provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. In addition, Dunbar artist Steve Cassle’s drawing of the Governor’s Mansion is featured on the ornament card.
This year’s ornament and eight-piece ornament gift set are both available for purchase at the West Virginia State Museum Shop at the Culture Center in Charleston, at Tamarack in Beckley, or online at www.tamarackwv.com. The ornament also will be available at the gift shops at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville. The 2016 ornament sells for $24, and the eight-piece box set is $150. A portion of each sale will be donated to the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund to help preserve the mansion for future generations.