Wyoming Arts Council

Community Celebration in Laramie features local art, music December 4-6

National Christmas Tree, 2005
Celebrate the holidays in Laramie with musical performances by school and community groups, the Albany County Student Art Exhibition, holiday activities in the Shelton Studio, a visit with Santa Claus and a silent auction for specially-decorated trees and other holiday items. These are a few of the highlights of the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s annual Festival of Trees and Happy Holidays, Laramie!
30 decorated trees will be featured, both artificial and live. The Festival of Trees Silent Auction will begin Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m. and continue Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The auction ends at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; bidders do not need to be present to win. Among the trees on display are the Governor’s tree titled Barnyard Country Christmas, and the UW President’s tree titled Crystal Nights. Other trees include those by the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, the Yellow Jackets 4H Club, the Laramie chapter of Campfire USA, Cathedral Home, university student groups, community service groups, businesses and individuals. Decorations and time to participate in the Festival of Trees are donated; proceeds benefit the Art Museum’s programs.
“We have a number of great performances scheduled for the lighting of the trees reception on Thursday and throughout the celebration on Saturday, concluding with a grand finale performance by the Laramie Community Band at 3 p.m.,” said Wendy Bredehoft, education curator. “And, youngsters will be able to participate in a variety of artmaking activities in the Shelton Studio.”
In addition to the performances and artwork on display, a Kid’s Store will offer gifts for under $5 and gift wrapping activities. “It’s fun to have the kids wrap their own presents,” said Rosie Chapp, manager of the Museum Store.
Happy Holidays, Laramie! is held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. The exhibition will feature nearly 1,000 original works of art by Albany County students, which will be on view through December 23. The event is free and open to the public.
Happy Holidays, Laramie is sponsored by First Interstate Bank and funded in part by Bank of the West, First National Bank and UniWyo Federal Credit Union.
The museum and Museum Store are located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. The Art Museum and Museum Store are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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