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Capitol Christmas Tree “California Shines” juried competition

Every year since 1970, a Christmas tree has been presented to the United States Congress from a National Forest and is known as “The People’s Tree.” This year the tree will be a gift from California. In honor of this occasion, the Stanislaus National Forest will host a statewide, juried art exhibition to select an official artwork to represent the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree in our nation’s capitol.

Top prize is the “California Shines” award by the jury panel. The official Capitol Christmas Tree artwork will be displayed throughout California, traveling with the Christmas tree on route to Washington, D.C. Artwork will hang in the Office of the Chief of the Forest Service for one year and ultimately become part of the permanent collection at “The Tree Gallery” in Washington, D.C.

The winning artist will be honored at Capitol Christmas Tree festivities in California during the month of December, and at the Forest Service Chief’s Reception in Washington, D.C. prior to the tree lighting the same month.

All details are available on the website, including criteria and other information — but the deadline is AUGUST 31! So enter ASAP!

Deadline: 08-31-2011
National Forestry Service

Contact: Shandy Bearden
Phone: (209) 532-3671 ext. 232

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