MACA Member’s Work on National Christmas Tree
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MADISON – New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie disclosed Oct. 4 that she has selected Madison artist Dan Fenelon, in collaboration with the Morristown High School Arts Mentoring Program, to design and create this year’s official New Jersey state ornament for the 2012 National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C.
Each year, local artists and youth groups are chosen to create 24 ornaments to be featured on their respective state’s tree during the holiday season.
“Mentoring provides a unique opportunity to help shape the lives of our young people,” said Mrs. Christie. “I am delighted that Dan will be sharing his talents and nurturing the artistic skills of the students from the Morristown High School Mentoring Program to encourage their creative expression in the crafting of our New Jersey State ornament.”
Dan Fenelon’s artwork is a combination of pop, cartooning, modernism and tribalism in an array of vibrant colors. The artist, muralist and sculptor attended the Arts Student League in New York City and the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. Fenelon has been commissioned to paint a number of murals, including a 32-foot by 12-foot mural for the Montclair Art Museum in 2009, and a Peace Mural to welcome the Dalai Lama to the 2011 Newark Peace Summit.
In February, Madison’s grades K-5 Torey J. Sabatini School on Glenwild Circle unveiled a 12-foot by 12-foot “Jaguar Jungle” mural created by Fenelon and all the students of the school over a two-week period, as the artist guided the youngsters in bringing his design to colorful life. Funding for the project was made possible by the Madison Education Foundation and the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).
The Morristown High School Arts Mentoring Program serves disadvantaged juniors and seniors at Morristown High School, providing the students with an opportunity to learn from professional artists and build their portfolios to further their arts education. Students apply and are selected by committee. For information about the program, visit http://www.morrisarts.org/programs/mentoringprogram/
‘It’s An Honor’
“It’s an honor to represent New Jersey, because we are one of the original states,” remarked Fenelon. “The first 13 will always hold a special place in the heart of America.”
The 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick-off four weeks of holiday events in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The events are presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. The exact date of the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is expected to be selected during October.