Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas News

The Art of Christmas  

Good old fashioned card-giving a holiday season staple

Staff/Voice photos


hey're not e-cards and they don't have Hallmark reindeers on them either. They're homegrown, hand-drawn and very cute.

City Hall now has it's 2012 greeting cards, thanks to Cathy Healy who won the annual contest with her rendition of a family of ducks toting a Christmas tree.

Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz reveled the card at the regular afternoon council meeting on Tuesday saying that she has been busy sending cards out to committee members, staff and associations they are connected with.

"I just want to say a huge thank you on behalf of City Hall in particular because every single one of our employees received one of those and we had a contest here at City Hall amongst the employees," Gaetz said.

"We had 18 entries for the contest and so you were in amongst some pretty stiff competition. We had all kinds of art medium. We had photography, we had pastels, we had oils, we had all kinds of beautiful cards to choose from," she said.

Gaetz then presented Healy, who was on-hand at the meeting, with a framed edition of the card and a cheque for $250 and wished her a very merry Christmas.

"This design really resounded with people and for everyone who has ever driven down Vedder Rd. and has seen our own little sign out there to protect the ducks and geese that are in that area," she said.

According to the artist bio on the back of the card, Healy has been a resident of Chilliwack for 20-years, and studied Applied and Decorative Arts, Graphic Design and Communication at Fraser Valley College after receiving a provincial scholarship.

She's a stay-at-home mom, whose illustrations adorn several books. She sells her artwork in various markets around BC and the Lower Mainland as well as to online customers.



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