For the 2003 holiday season, The Folk Tree Collection continues its tradition of presenting ORNAMENTS & ADORNMENTS, an exhibition featuring handmade ornaments, jewelry, and unique gift items in various media including ceramics, glass, wood, gourds, found objects and more. It is an eclectic display highlighting work by local artists as well as by artisans from around the world. The show runs from Saturday, November 15 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003. A holiday open house is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, from 2 - 6 P.M.

The show's contents complement the rest of The Folk Tree Collection's offerings of unusual objects from here and abroad. Among these are many Asian inspired pieces, including furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, pajamas and other clothing items.

ORNAMENTS & ADORNMENTS XII features a large selection of unique ornaments. Recycled tin by Carmen Abelleira-White, wood-burned gourd santas and snowmen by Melissa Brown, embossed and painted tin leaves by Camille Cunningham, painted ceramic chairs by Johanna Hansen, fused glass by Hiro Hara, silver and bronze angels by Susan Kushins, felt dogs by Lisa Martinez, stamped tin by Liz Quesada, embroidered stars by Cindy Rinne, blown glass by Kelly and Nanda Soderberg and many other ornaments create a lavish display of colors and forms. Large holiday angels for entryways and walls made of philodendron leaves by Jo Anne Sadler, mixed media angels by Donna Musser, and papier mache angels by Ulla Anobile are also on view.

Personal adornment in the form of jewelry is another focus of the show. Included are the industrial-inspired designs of Fawn Stewart, the delicate beadwork of Jennifer Morris, Andrea Munoz' sophisticated cast and fabricated designs in silver with gemstones, Claudia Guerrero's beaded bag pendants, Suzanne Kustner's enamel Christmas tree and ornament pins, and sea glass jewelry by Lisa Ronay, Approximately 15 jewelers are included in this installation.

There are also plentiful gift items, including painted boxes by Cathy Ashworth, fused glass wind chimes by Candy Butler, turned wood tops and scent bottles by Jon Sauer, carved wood spoons and letter openers by Yo Takimoto, ceramic leaves by Catherine Cowles, wood utensils and bowls by Deborah Fanelli, and functional glass by Kelly and Nanda Soderberg. Pieces in the show range from a few dollars to a few hundred. The variety of objects on view offers numerous gift opportunities and decorations for the home during this festive season.

The Folk Tree Collection is located at 199 S. Fair Oaks Avenue (only fifteen minutes from downtown Los Agneles and off the end of the 110 freeway) near the heart of Old Pasadena. The Folk Tree is located a few doors south at 217 S. Fair Oaks Avenue and concurrently features its ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NATIVITIES EXHIBITION.

Regular hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5.

FOR EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS and additional information, contact Gail Mishkin at The Folk Tree Collection at 626/793-4828.