CHARLESTON, W.Va. — First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin unveiled the 2015 West Virginia Governor’s Mansion limited-edition holiday ornament, the sixth in the series of her annual holiday ornament collection, on Wednesday November 4.
Keeping with West Virginia tradition, the 2015 holiday ornament was painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident artist Shelley Goodman, and features a jolly gingerbread man and sparkling holiday candies.
“It is always a wonderful experience collaborating with Shelley and the Division of Culture and History to choose what will be featured each year,” First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin said. “No confection symbolizes the holidays quite like gingerbread, and Shelley’s detailed painting style really brings it to life. We are honored that she continues to share her talent with us and the citizens of the Mountain State.”
Goodman uses enamel paints to create detailed nature and floral paintings. Although her artistic touch is most often found in kitchenware, she enjoys the challenge of designing the Governor’s Mansion holiday ornaments each year.
Her works, titled “Designs by Shelley,” are sold at Tamarack in Beckley and at a number of West Virginia’s fairs and festivals across the state. Goodman also designed the 2010 Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament featuring the Cardinal, the 2011 ornament featuring the Rhododendron, the 2012 ornament featuring the Black Bear and Honey Bee, the 2013 ornament featuring Sugar Maple leaves and Monarch butterfly and last year’s ornament featuring white Poinsettia leaves and Holly berries. Goodman also designed the official West Virginia Sesquicentennial ornament.
Funding support for the 2015 Governor’s Mansion ornament was partially provided by a grant from The Tamarack Foundation. In addition, Dunbar artist Steve Cassle’s drawing of the Governor’s Mansion is featured on the ornament card.
This year’s ornament is available for purchase at the West Virginia State Museum Shop at the Culture Center in Charleston, at Tamarack in Beckley, or online at www.tamarackwv.com for $24. A portion of each sale will be donated to the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion Preservation Fund to help preserve the mansion for future generations to enjoy.