A ‘Floating Tree’ at the Bennington Museum’s Festival of Trees

A ‘Floating Tree’ at the Bennington Museum’s Festival of Trees

A ‘Floating Tree’ at the Bennington Museum’s Festival of Trees

From left, Katelyn Blair, Jerrika Henry, Jordan McIntire, Savannah Redcross, Kara Reimann, Hannah Gardner, Shawntae Whitaker-Garcia, Shanely Marmolejos, Jamie Cousineau, Jacob Onorato and Elmer Olivares, with their floating tree.

From left, Katelyn Blair, Jerrika Henry, Jordan McIntire, Savannah Redcross, Kara Reimann, Hannah Gardner, Shawntae Whitaker-Garcia, Shanely Marmolejos, Jamie Cousineau, Jacob Onorato and Elmer Olivares, with their floating tree.

Most people envision the annual Festival of Trees at the Bennington Museum and see those traditional evergreen conifers covered with lights and decorations, but for UCS Big Brothers Big Sisters Program (BB/BS) Coordinator Kara Reimann, along with the “bigs” and “littles” she works with, they saw something much more enchanting “We wanted to do something different and exciting, so we came up with the idea of a floating tree,” said Reimann. The floating tree is a mobile with six levels of ornaments connected with wires; the ornaments themselves are painted in the traditional white and purple colors of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Each “little” finger-painted the ornaments and the designs on each. “We encourage everyone to come enjoy the Festival of Trees. From the whimsical to the serious, this year’s tree makers have truly let their creativity be inspired by objects in the museum’s collection,” said Edie Sawitsky, Bennington Museum Trustee and FOT Community Tree Coordinator. “I’m pleased that several tree creators, including BB/BS, really took inspiration to heart to create such fun and interpretive “trees.” The BB/BS tree was inspired by a one of the Musuem’s ‘Hidden Gems,’ thumbprint pattern compote dating between 1850 and 1870.The Festival of Trees runs until December 30. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street in  Bennington, Vt. For more information, call 802-447-1571.

 

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