A little piece of 34 Middletown High School art students will be part of the national Washington holiday tree this December, after our own teens were selected to offer their spin on the state's new tourism slogan, "Still Revolutionary."
On Thursday, art students, coached by Connecticut resident artist, Christine Webster of Meriden, painted large plastic globe ornaments to be featured on the Connecticut tree for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House's holiday celebration.
Kip Bergstrom, executive officer of the Office of Culture and Tourism; and Bonnie Kobs, Director of Arts in Education and head of the Higher Order Thinking Schools, spoke to students about the state's exciting new theme, upon which they based their artistic creations.
And as truly fantastic as the honor is, the student's artwork is even more stunning: represented are the University of Connecticut Huskies, the PEZ iconic candy, Pratt & Whitney's logo with its distinctive, patriotic eagle, the Bevin Bell Factory, Connecticon comic arts, Groton's Bacon Banjo Company and much more.
The ornaments reflects the Still Revolutionary campaign, highlighting Connecticut’s rich history, culture and innovation. Each of the 24 ornaments is different and illustrates what the student artist’s love about Connecticut.
The ornaments will be displayed in the Pathway to Peace, leading to the National Christmas Tree, which features smaller Christmas trees representing each state and territory.