/>NASHVILLE, TN (April 17, 2012) Governor Bill Haslam will accept a one of a kind carving of the official state bird of Tennessee, on behalf of all of the citizens of the Volunteer State, from nationally acclaimed fine artist Randal Martin on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:30pm.
The unveiling and ceremony will occur in the Governor’s Office in the State Capitol. This incomparable carving depicts the Mockingbird, perched on a carved branch of the Tulip Poplar, which is the official state tree of Tennessee. The artist also included the state insect, the ladybug; as well as a baby Mockingbird, all intricately shown in native habitat. Numerous Tennessee dignitaries and patrons of the arts are slated to attend.
Martin’s art was recognized nationally when First Lady Laura Bush invited him to create an ornament exclusively for the White House Christmas Tree in 2004. In a tradition begun by Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960’s, Christmas themes have been selected annually and Mrs. Bush chose “All Creatures Great and Small,” for which Martin chose to carve a Bluebird. Randal and his wife, Zan Martin, were among the special guests invited to Washington for a reception and private viewing of the Tree hosted by the First Lady. The ornament is now part of the permanent White House archival collection.
This Tennessee native’s talents have been recognized nationally, as well as internationally. Martin accepts commissions from around the globe; his work has been displayed in a plethora of galleries from coast to coast; and he has never failed to win an award in any carving competition which he has entered.
For more information on the presentation, you may contact their studio at 615-330-5622 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For gallery exhibitions, personal appearances, media requests, and commissions, contact Gina Hollingsworth (405-657-7765).
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