Riva Artist and Students Create Globes for Trees in D.C.

Riva artist worked with students from Central Middle School to make ornaments that hang on Christmas trees near the White House in Washington,


Viki Keating of Riva was selected by the Maryland State Arts Council to help decorate ornaments for the Christmas trees that surround the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President's Park in Washington, D.C.

The National Park Service Foundation manages the trees as part of the 89th annual National Christmas Tree display.

Keating worked with students at Edgewater's where the students in Lynn Brownlie's class helped design the ornaments that represent the state of Maryland.

Keating has been working this year with students in several schools, including Central Middle, as an artist-in-residence—part of a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The students used recyclable materials, including green plastic bottles, clear vinyl tubing, bubble wrap, holographic wrapping paper, clothespins, foam, buttons and beads, and acrylic paint to create fish, turtles, jellyfish and crabs.

“We wanted our globes to be more three-dimensional, instead of just enclosing something inside them,” Keating said. “We felt that creatures from the Chesapeake would represent Maryland well and that if they were made from recycled materials it would show commitment to the environment and saving the Bay.”

The National Christmas Tree stands with 56 smaller trees along the Ellipse. There is one tree for each state and U.S. territory. Teams of adult artists and students—at the request of the National Park Service Foundation—designed the 25 ornaments that adorn each of the 56 trees using themes that represent characteristic traditions.

Keating operates a glass studio, Stained Glass Creations in Riva, where she makes commissioned glasswork for architectural installations and original items for galleries. Her installations in Anne Arundel County include the Anne Arundel County Swim Center in Annapolis and the BWI Hilton Hotel in Hanover.

Keating is a member of the National Capital Art Glass Guild, League of Maryland Craftsman and Maryland Federation of Art.

The trees on the Ellipse are lit through the New Year. There is no fee to visit the National Christmas Tree. Nightly performances are outlined in a PDF attachment.


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