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Ornaments by local art students to adorn Christmas tree at vice presidents residence

Art students at Cobble Creek Studios in Snellville paint portraits of the U.S. vice presidents Sunday, Oct. 27. (Special Photo)

Art students at Cobble Creek Studios in Snellville paint portraits of the U.S. vice presidents Sunday, Oct. 27. (Special Photo)

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The finished portraits, which will be framed, will decorate a Christmas tree at the vice presidential residence in Washington, D.C. (Special Photo)

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Amy Dang, 13, a third-year art student at Cobble Creek Studios, painted this portrait of Adlai Stevenson, who served as vice president from 1893 to 1897. (Special Photo)

SNELLVILLE — Students at a Snellville art studio spent the day Sunday painting portraits of U.S. vice presidents, ornaments expected to adorn a Christmas tree at the vice presidential residence in Washington, D.C.

“Cobble Creek Studios was filled with laughter and excitement,” said Deborah Ankrom Kepes, the studio’s director. “The children recognize what a truly historic opportunity this has been and feel it’s an honor to know that their work will hang on our country’s Vice Presidential residence Christmas tree.”

Each ornament will have the name of the child who painted it and their age written on the back of the frame.

Kepes stressed that the project, completed during a day-long workshop by 25 art students ages 7 to 17, was not political.

“Right now politics is a very heated subject for most, but we want to express to all that this project was not about politics, it’s about the children and patriotism,” she said. “That’s all it’s about, our children are very aware of how important it is to respect the office of our government leaders, and the history of what our country was founded upon.”

The studio is still looking for a framer willing to donate the 47 4-by-5 frames for the project.

“We hope that there is a framer that will see the historic nature and importance of this opportunity and offer to donate the frames,” Kepes said.

The ornaments must be boxed and ready to ship Nov. 4 to reach Washington D.C. by the Nov. 8 deadline. Anyone interested in donating frames to Cobble Creek Studios can call 770-597-4053 or email deborah@cobblecreekstudios.com.