GALLIPOLIS — Several local youth groups came together to create a recent holiday exhibit at the French Art Colony (FAC) called ‘Trees of Imagination’. The idea behind the exhibit, now in its second year, was to showcase the creativity of regional children while raising money for area charities.
The main rule regarding the creation of the exhibit was that all ornaments must be created or embellished by the kids. Each of the six trees were decorated according to a theme of each youth group’s choosing. One tree, decorated by students at Buckeye Hills, was decorated with ornaments made entirely of recycled materials. The exhibit included six trees decorated by six groups including: ‘The Angel Tree’, decorated by Kingdom Kids Children’s Ministry at Vinton Baptist Church with proceeds going to the Children’s Ministry; ‘The Multi-Cultural Tree’, decorated by Gallia Academy High School foreign exchange students with proceeds going to the Gallia County Animal Shelter; ‘The Holy Spirit Tree’, decorated by the Young Eager Episcopalians Helping America (YEEHA) with proceeds going to YEEHA; ‘The Christmas Sugar-Monster Tree’, decorated by Alyssa and Abby Marxen representing the Riverby Theater Guild Kids with proceeds going to the Riverby Theater Guild Kids’ Program; ‘The Blessed Tree’, decorated by Saturday Night Slam, Vinton Baptist Church with proceeds going to the Saturday Night Slam program; and ‘Renewed Spirit’, decorated by Buckeye Hills - MI with proceeds going to Buckeye Hills.
FAC Executive Director Joseph Wright said the gallery plans to showcase the exhibit again next year, as well. Anyone who missed the exhibit but would like to donate to any of the featured charities may do so by stopping at the FAC on Jan. 2-4 during open gallery hours.