Chamber seeks ornaments for Governor’s Artistree

ST. MARYS  - The Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce is again launching its annual contest for a county Christmas Tree ornament.
For the last several years the governor’s office has requested handmade ornaments from the state’s artists to be displayed on an “artistree” at the Governor’s Mansion during the Christmas season. The tree showcases ornaments created by some of the state’s best artists.
“We are piggybacking on the artistree submissions,” said Jody Murphy, Executive Director of the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce.  “We certainly want to have Pleasants County and Tyler County artists on display in Charleston.  In fact, we want to send the state THE official Pleasants County and Tyler County Christmas Tree ornaments. We want artists who can showcase the quality, talent and beauty of the area on an ornament.”
This is the fourth year the Chamber has run this contest. Last year, marked first time the Chamber extended it to Tyler County.   
“We’ve had Chamber members in Tyler County who want to be part of this,” he said. “Expanding the contest to include Tyler County brings us – and the state – some additional ornaments highlighting various aspects of the region.”
Last year’s winner were Judy Perkins, who crafted a “chubby snowman,” and Hilda Steen’s “Star Lit Noel.”
The winners were just two of almost two dozen hand-crafted ornaments created by local artisans and presented to state officials for the “Artistree.”
“We have a lot of REALLY talented folks!”
 The Chamber’s Ornament contest is open to all ages.

To be considered entries must meet the following criteria:

  • All ornaments must be Pleasants or Tyler County residents. 
  • Ornaments must be suitable for hanging on a tree. Consider size and weight as you design your ornament. Please include and fastners or fixtures for hanging.
  • Complete the entry form that includes your name and contact information. This includes a short biography (200 words or less) telling us about yourself.
  • And finally, a description of your ornament (please keep at 200 words or less) what it represents and why.

Entry forms can be found in on the Chamber’s website:
Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 10, and should be brought to the Chamber office in St. Marys, or the Sistersville City Building in downtown Sistersville. The Chamber will assemble a panel of judges and select the ornament that best represents Pleasants and Tyler counties.  
The Chamber will ship ALL ornament submissions to state officials.
“We’ll also submit all other adult contest entries to the governor’s mansion to be placed on the tree,” Murphy said. Artists who submit ornaments to the state contest will be invited to a celebration at the Governor’s Mansion in December.
 “We have a lot of talented local artists and designers,” Murphy said. “This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents.”
For questions, contact the Chamber office at 304-684-9909 or 

Hilda Steen's "Star Lit Noel."

Judy Perkins' "Chubby Snowman"