10/30/2015 - Montgomery County Ornament Sent to Richmond

 Local artist David Pearce creates ornament representing Montgomery County

Christiansburg, Va. – The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) requested a holiday ornament representing Montgomery County to be sent for display on the holiday tree in the Executive Mansion.

The Montgomery County Regional Tourism Office issued a call for local artists to submit a design for a hand crafted holiday ornament that would represent Montgomery County. Local artist David Pearce, a retired Virginia Tech alumnus located in Blacksburg, won over the selection committee with his all-inclusive design.  

Pearce’s ornament will be displayed in the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia throughout the holiday season. The 2015 theme is “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.”

“The bell ornament, like the liberty bell, stands for freedom and is made from yellowheart wood. On the front of the bell is an outline of the Commonwealth of Virginia with its founding date and motto, Sic semper tyrannis. The outline of Montgomery County is shown along with a red line representing the Great Road along which our county was settled. Dots along the line represent the footprints of the early settlers,” Pearce said. 

ornament“On the rear of the bell is an outline of Montgomery County with its founding date and motto, Freedom Increases Responsibility. The line here also represents the Great Road. On the right side of the bell is a sketch of Burruss Hall at Virginia Tech representing the university and education. On the left side of the bell is a representation of the mountains of Montgomery County.”    

Pearce has been turning wood for over 15 years. He is an exhibiting member of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association and a member of the Blue Ridge Woodturners. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues throughout the New River and Roanoke Valleys. Pearce turns many different types of wood projects but specializes in thin-wall vases which are then decorated with cutouts using a high-speed dental drill, wood burning, and airbrushed color designs. Pearce is an accomplished photographer and many of his bowl designs are the result of his photographs applied to a wood vase. 

After the holidays, the ornament will be kept by VACo to decorate future holiday trees on display in their lobby. 

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors was able to view Pearce’s ornament during the October 26, 2015 meeting and is happy with the representation. Supervisor Annette Perkins commented on the lovely appearance of the artistic piece.


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