To kick off the holiday season, Grand Rapids Community College students of the Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design program joined staff and other volunteers in decorating a tree for the 9th Festival of Trees, one of two annual fundraisers for the Muskegon Museum of Art.
Under the direction of Sue Baglien, GRCC fashion students Elaine Gordon, Cassie Dille, and Nikki Avery, decorated a tree called “The Midas Touch”.
“It was a fun experience because we met outside of school and decorated the tree in our free time,” said Avery. The museums galleries were transformed into a holiday wonderland with many special events for the public to attend.
“Decorating the tree was more of an art project, which was different and cool. We had to stay on budget and I didn’t realize Christmas decorations could be so expensive,” said Avery.
This year’s “Candy Town” theme inspired the trees, wreaths, holiday décor, and gift baskets which were bid on in a silent auction during the ten day festival that ended Dec. 1.
“All of us actually attended an event hosted by museum. It was really cool to be able to dress up and see our tree be bid on,” said Avery. “I am definitely doing it again next year.”