ACC Painting and Drawing instructor Jennifer McClish, right, hands over her ornament that she designed for the Texas Capitol Christmas tree to Liz Sitta, Texas District 29 director.

ACC art instructor’s work makes State tree

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ACC Painting and Drawing instructor Jennifer McClish, right, hands over her ornament that she designed for the Texas Capitol Christmas tree to Liz Sitta, Texas District 29 director.

ACC Painting and Drawing instructor Jennifer McClish, right, hands over her ornament that she designed for the Texas Capitol Christmas tree to Liz Sitta, Texas District 29 director.

Every holiday season the officials in the state capitol hoist a 25-foot, Texas-grown Christmas tree in the House of Representatives Chamber.

The evergreen is adorned with ornaments from residents and artists throughout Texas.

Alvin Community College Painting and Drawing instructor Jennifer McClish was chosen by District 29 Representative Ed Thompson to paint an ornament that will now hang on the tree. The ornament will represent Texas District 29, where ACC is located.

“I am certainly very honored and excited to have my work chosen to be apart of the tree,” McClish said.

The tree and ornaments will be on display from Nov. 30 to Jan. 2.

“The State Capitol receives thousands of holiday visitors and these ornaments provide a fun and educational experience by showcasing what makes communities across Texas notable,” said District 29 Representative Ed Thompson.

Once the tree is taken down from display, the ornament will be donated to the ACC Foundation and will be auctioned off to benefit a student scholarship.

“We are extremely grateful for the partnership and the willingness to participate to help make the House tree sparkle even brighter,” he said.

McClish used acrylic paints for her ornament and the design was inspired by the advancements in technology of the region.

“The ideas behind the ornament was that I wanted to create a fun design that represents Alvin,” McClish said.
“I am a fan of space architecture, machinery and design and NASA is just 20 minutes away so the design seemed even more appropriate.”

McClish said she is also happy to see that her work will also benefit a future student at the college.

“I am just very blessed to work at ACC and to be a part of the tree,” she said.

For more information about the tree or to see past ornaments, visit www.house.texas.gov/resources/holiday-ornaments.