Local artist creates ornament for county

Shenandoah County's submission for the governor's “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities" holiday tree theme challenge was designed by local Artisan Trail artist Roberta Demski. Demski painted a wintery scene of the Historic Courthouse on a historic tile from the courthouse to showcase the building's importance in the county. Courtesy photo

Shenandoah County participated in the governor’s handcrafted ornament challenge issued to all towns, cities and counties in the commonwealth.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe challenged each town to have a local artisan create a handcrafted ornament that fits with the 2015 Holiday Tree theme of “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.”

Local Artisan Trail artist, Roberta Demski, used a historic tile from the Historic Courthouse as the ornament and painted a wintery scene of the courthouse to showcase an important historical building in Shenandoah County.

Mary Beth Price, county administrator for Shenandoah County, said that this tile represented the county best and it was special that the painting was on an actual tile from the courthouse.

“I worked with Jenna French, director of tourism & marketing for Shenandoah County,” Price stated in an email, “and we felt this met the criteria spelled out by the Governor, specifically, ‘one of a kind,’ handmade by a local artisan and uniquely represents Shenandoah County, the Historic Courthouse.”

The towns of Strasburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock and Edinburg also created a one-of-a-kind ornament that represented their town, separate from the Shenandoah County ornament.

Ornaments are sent to the Virginia Association of Counties in Richmond to decorate future holiday trees on display in their lobby.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com