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Since 1991, the artwork of Clarendon County native Anne Worsham Richardson has adorned Christmas trees and walls of citizens across our state. Richardson, who passed away in 2012, is best known as South Carolina’s most famous bird painter. Her affinity for depicting wildlife as well as her affection for animals began in her childhood home outside of Turbeville.

Richardson moved to Charleston as a teenager, where she began studying birds and their habitats through libraries, museums, and trips all over the country. Her talent was soon discovered, and she received awards for her artwork as well as permits to rehabilitate birds and other wildlife. Donating the use of one of her paintings each year for the “Ornament of Hope” design was initiated by former governor Caroll Campbell.   Proceeds benefit local literacy volunteers.

The official 2015 “South Carolina Ornament of Hope” is now available and again features a 24K gold on solid brass rendering of an Ann Worsham Richardson bird print.

This year, the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition “Ornament of Hope” showcases a tribute to very special member of Richardson’s extended family, Owlbert. The story behind “Screech Owl on Holly” is that the small, injured owl was brought to Richardson’s studio in Charleston. When healed, he refused to leave. Richardson’s son eventually named him, and screech owls became a constant fixture of the bird sanctuary for many years. Owlbert posed for countless paintings and even inspired the cover of a cookbook, so it is not surprising that Richardson’s estate chose to honor him.

Only hanging ornaments are available this year for $15. The gift pack includes a signed certification, a history of the print, and a velvet pouch for storage after the holidays.   Collectors may find them in Manning at The Trading Post, Flowers de Linda’s, and the main office of F. E. Dubose Career Center.

Framed wall prints and ornaments from previous years are available at F. E. Dubose for $30 or $15. Proceeds benefit the Clarendon Literacy Council through Clarendon County Adult Education. Please contact Marian Evans at (803) 473-2531 for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Clarendon Literacy Council, Clarendon County Adult Education is currently seeking adult literacy and ESL tutors.  If you have a college degree, a passion for learning, and an hour or two to spare each week, we need volunteers to work with our adult literacy students and English language learners.  Ideal for retirees as well as those who want to help others and make a difference!  Not a career educator?  No problem!  We will provide training plus an experience you will never forget!  Contact Lisa Justice, Director at 803-473-2531 for more information.