Philbrook Glows During Festival of Trees

Philbrook Museum of Art’s 2006 Festival of Trees celebrated the Oklahoma Centennial starting Nov. 19 with major additions and changes for this holiday season. Decorated trees surrounded the rotunda with a spectacular old-fashioned ornament tree in the center. Artistic creations by 200 artists were exhibited throughout the museum and outside in the holiday-lit gardens. Gingerbread houses by area school children surrounded the upper mezzanine.

Event Chair Lou Hodgson, right in the photo with acting museum director David Singleton, said, “This was a not-to-be-missed holiday event for everyone. The whole city jumped in with their festive creations and Philbrook had its doors open to all as we gave a spectacular launch to our state’s Centennial.”

Kick off events included the Treeview Patron Party and the special member opening on Dec. 2. The Children’s Christmas Party with Santa present as well as various musical groups was a lot of fun.

Event Coordinator Karen Fraser said, “Having the exhibit on during the Festival is a first for Philbrook but then so is our Centennial a first for all of us. This is an unusual year in Oklahoma and particularly for Philbrook. We wanted to do everything we could as a sanctioned Centennial event to have something for everyone.’

Philbrook Quilters have created a great queen size quilt which features 18 different detailed images on a white field including the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma, a map of Oklahoma with Enid, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Guymon, Lawton, Muskogee and Guthrie indicated, the state butterfly, a covered wagon, the first Oklahoma state flag, Oklahoma’s five Native American ballerinas, and the state flower, Mistletoe.

The quilt raffle and the drawing were held on the final day, Dec. 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8p.m.

“In The Studios of Paris; William Bouguereau & His Students” is on exhibit through December 31.

Updated 12-19-2006

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