Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Winning ornament hangs in White House (2004)

The Society of Decorative Painters was chosen to paint ornaments for the official White House Blue Room Christmas Tree. "A Season of Merriment and Melody" was the theme chosen by Mrs. Laura Bush where the ornaments could be any brightly painted instrument. A total of 500 ornaments were submitted from all 50 states but only 350 were chosen. The winning artists received a personal invitation to the White House holiday reception as Mrs. Bush's guest on December 1st, 2004.

"This was an awesome experience, everything was so beautiful. They even had a list that let us know exactly where our ornament was on the tree. (I painted a violin). We were honored to meet Mrs. Laura Bush and have our picture taken with her. I had no idea that painting the ornament would turn into such a wonderful experience."

Janice Rouen-Lydon is a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and is currently a member of both the Plainfield Art League and Lemont Art League. Janice currently teaches watercolor and acrylic painting at Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores, in Joliet, Naperville and Bolingbrook. She is a past member of Naperville Art League, Naperville, IL.

Janice's work is represented in the Cameron Gallery, 915 State Street, in Lockport, IL .