You submitted your designs. The judges have deliberated. And, the winning book jacket has been selected!
"All of the entries were quite creative," said Sarah Stanley, president and founder of Ornaments to Remember. The judging team selected "Home For the Holidays" as the winning design because it captures the spirit of Christmas. David Branch, a subscriber from Oklahoma, created the book jacket concept. "I don't know what the artist does in real life," Stanley commented, "but he has talent. I admire when people can distill a concept into a simple artistic expression."
Branch's sketch, "Home For the Holidays," is set in a scenic mountain valley. Nestled amid snow-covered peaks, smoke drifts from the chimney of a tiny wooden church. It's a welcoming oasis in the frosty air.
"I have no formal training in art," Branch explained, "but I have been fortunate enough to be able to paint and work with nationally known artists. I've been drawing since I was about two." For Branch, the contest was "a breath of fresh air" from the daily business of landscape architecture. It combined two of his favorite things: drawing and ornaments! "Our Glass Links group is such a diverse community of individuals that have a common thread -- decorating for the holidays." That thought inspired his design. "No matter where we all may be during the Christmas season, whether or not we're surrounded by our beautiful baubles or our family, we're always 'Home For the Holidays' in spirit."
Branch's entry will become an exclusive ornament and fundraiser for Celebrate365. As the designer, Branch will receive six ornaments based upon his concept. Celebrate365 will offer the ornament for sale on its web site and in its eBay store (Celebrate365), giving design credit to Branch. "I hope that collectors will like my design and want to add the ornament to their tree," Branch commented. "I love the publication and the Links. Because of them, I have met some of the most wonderful people from coast to coast."