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FHU Professor's Ornament Showcased in Governor's Mansion

Henderson, TN - Dec 15, 2014

Dr. Barbara England, chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Freed-Hardeman University, painted an ornament representing Chickasaw State Park for the fourth annual Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays open house event. Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam opened their home, the Tennessee Residence, to the public for the event.

 The decoration theme “Tennessee Landscapes” highlights the 56 state parks across West, Middle and East Tennessee. Hand-painted ornaments of each state park, created by local artists, are hung on the Christmas tree in the main foyer of the house. The tree also features each state park’s trail markers and is topped by a Park Ranger uniform hat. Park patches adorn the tree skirt.

England visited the Tennessee Residence last week for a reception and to see the decorations, including her ornament. According to England, who drives past Chickasaw every day, it was an honor to use her talents for this purpose. She had been contacted by Ron Elder, interim manager of Chickasaw State Park about painting the ornament.

“Many times I have visited the park, and when the water is still and the sun is shining, it’s hard to see where the land ends and the water begins,” she said. “This is what I attempted to show as the tree and water become one on the ornament.”


Chickasaw Christmas Ornament