This year’s White House Christmas tree is glowing with yuletide cheer with help from a Brown County artist. An ornament decorated by Brown County landscape painter June Bryan is one of 369 decorating the 19-foot fir tree at the White House. The tradition of decorating the White House tree dates back more than a century, starting with the presidency of Hoosier Benjamin Harrison. Bryan says she’s honored to have her work featured on the tree of First Lady Laura Bush.
“Any artist down there could have done it,” Bryan says, “but I was just so thrilled to be chosen to do this.”
Bryan decorated her ornament to fit with this year’s “Red, White and Blue” theme for the White House Christmas tree. She painted a log cabin on one side of the ornament. There’s also a winter image of Brown County State Park, as well as the Brown County Courthouse.