Thursday, November 15, 2012
2012 'Ornament of Hope' a tribute to Richardson
Trident Literacy Association announces the arrival of the 2012 “Ornament of Hope.” There is a limited supply and orders will be accepted until Dec. 1.
Each year the organization sells the ornament to raise funds for their adult literacy programs in the tri-county. Whether for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays, or other special occasions, the 'Ornament of Hope' makes a beautiful gift that lasts a lifetime.
Since 1991, at the request of then-Governor Carroll Campbell, local artist, Anne Worsham Richardson, has donated the use of one of her paintings to benefit literacy efforts throughout the state. The exclusive interpretation from watercolor to metal is the work of Elizabeth Anne Neiman at The Charleston Mint.
This year we mourn the passing of Ms. Richardson and hold her cherished ornaments even dearer to our hearts, said a spokesperson for Trident Literacy.
The 2012 ornament features the “Oriole.”
Ms. Richardson explained how it was chosen shortly before her death:
“An oriole was the first bird brought to my wildlife sanctuary. The game warden from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior brought it to me and told me to fill out the papers and apply for legal permits to take care of orphaned and impaired birds. That was in 1959. Birds showed no fear of me and I could hand feed them until they grew up and learned to fly. This little yellow oriole proved very interesting as it would fly outside and return when I whistled and called it "Chee Chee." I studied its movement as it perched on the potted plants in my studio.
Some pear branches were placed in a large container and I decided to make my composition with a pair of Baltimore Orioles among the branches. This year, 2012, it has been selected for the Ornament of Hope.
Suitable aviaries were made outside to keep the owls, hawks and waterbirds. A large flight cage was built indoors with a glass sun roof. Trees were planted in large pots to provide natural perches for the birds. I shared the birds and my knowledge on our need to protect them to school children, nature groups and garden clubs one day a week."
In addition to being a lovely image of the Oriole, the ornament is a symbol of hope for improving adult literacy so people can improve their skills and qualify for jobs. It is also a tribute to the enduring legacy of Anne Worsham Richardson, who passed away earlier this year.
The mission of Trident Literacy Association is to increase literacy in the tri-county, where one in seven adults are functionally illiterate and 60,000 do not have a high school credential. The curriculum is self-paced and individualized to help people in the subjects they need most, whether reading, writing, mathematics, English as a Second Language or basic computer use. With the assistance of more than 250 volunteers, the organization serves nearly 2,000 students annually.
Orders for ornaments are now being accepted. Single ornaments are $15, and a matted-and-framed version is also available (with a copy of the Anne Worsham Richardson print that inspired it) for $35 plus $5 postage and handling. Orders should be sent to Trident Literacy Association, 5416-B Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406, or you may order on line at www.tridentlit.org. Delivery time is about one week.
Call 747-2223 for more information.