By Jennifer Stultz Editor

The Vernon Filley Art Museum at 421 S. Jackson in Pratt has announced the winners of the 2021 “Filley Festival of the Trees.” January 8, 2022.

A two-way tie for best in show and first place was shared by Betty Chinn’s “Christmas Mantle”, and “Gift of Reading”, decorated by the N’Cahoots Coffee Chat Book Club.

Chinn put together old barn wood, old wood, and various village houses to make a window and a mantle. Her stepfather, who would have turned 100 this year, is the owner of the old toolbox that was the centerpiece of the display.

The Literature Tree was built in the spirit of reading, coffee/tea and friendship – gifts for life and created by stacking checked books in the shape of a Christmas tree, decorated with mugs teapots and vintage lights.

In second place, “Gnome of the Holidaze”, decorated by The Flower Shoppe, featured red and white houndstooth, checkered ribbon and more in theme. Upon closer inspection, a variety of gnomes were nestled in the tree, and a matching “I’ll be a gnome for Christmas” tray was located with the skirt of the tree.

Third place “Jingle Bells Tree” was decorated by Jolan Strecker. This rustic tree featured a creative bell-themed garland and lots of holiday-themed “peace” and “joy” sentiments. These items were sentimental items that Strecker collected over a 30-year period.

“Congratulations to all the winners! And a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the show,” said Brittany Novotny, co-director of the museum. “All entries received many votes and were admired and appreciated by all.”

New acquisitions from the Filley permanent collection are currently on display and a call for applications is underway for a collaborative exhibition of painting and photography.

Coming to Le Filley from January 29 to February 29. 12 is an exhibit called “Kansas Sunsets and Such” which is actually a mini photography exhibit. Pratt native and local watercolor artist Darren Parker will present his Gallery Wraps photos of sunsets and local landscapes. The exhibit will focus on scenes from Pratt and Kingman counties that are included in its 2022 “Sunsets and Such” calendar, which will be available for purchase.

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