WINTERS– This Saturday, November 24, 2012, will be the grand opening of the Annual Christmas Tree Extravaganza at the Rock Hotel, in Winters, featuring a collection of original trees, decorated by local businesses and organizations. The traditional exhibition this year will also feature paintings and sculptures by local and area artists.

The exhibit will be opening 10 a.m. thru 3 p.m.

Twenty or more Christmas trees of various designs, decorations and time periods will be represented. Nadine DeLaCruz and friends have decorated a traditional old Mexico Christmas Tree, WABIC has a one-of-a-kind Snow Man Tree with top hat, carrot nose and winter scarf. Bettye Pinkerton has re-created her Charlie Brown tree for us, and the North Runnels Historical Commission has furnished a pioneer tree with a theme of yesteryears. These are only a few of the holiday trees to enjoy.

Many artists’ work will be displayed. Two artists, who will be recognized, are the late Eloise and Dewey Chesnut, long-time Winters residents. Eloise painted in oil, acrylic and watercolors and was a member of several art associations. Her special interest was in painting flowers. Dewey designed and built metal sculptures, one of which was given to the city during he Winters Centennial celebration. His designs were made from metal artifacts such as plow discs, railroad ties, chisel points, sucker rods and drilling cables. He believed in recycling and used anything in his art that was old and metal.

The Rock Hotel is also proud to exhibit Darlene Sims’ paintings. She not only paints but sings, writes songs and poetry. How talented can one person be?

Another contribution is panting by Virginia Carey, wife of Robert Carey. She studied art wit Dean Burns of Winters.

Marie Bachelder, born and raised in Pear Valley near Brady, Texas, moved to Michigan with her husband after World War II. She started China painting in 1981 and continues to the present time. She also taught China painting for 10 years. Later she turned her talent to oil painting in the 90s and won several awards for her art. Marie currently lives in Winters with her daughter, Starlyn and son-in-law, Richard Smelker.

Other artists to be exhibited are Shirley Minzenmayer, Lou Kraatz, Jean Hensley, Kay Colburn, Dorothy Dankworth, Susan Mansell and others.

A raffle will be held at the close of the Christmas Tree exhibition. The prizes are a two-night stay at the Upstairs/Downstairs Bed and breakfast in Ballinger, and a Case knife.