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2016 Christmas card features painting by St. Andrew's Village Resident

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
                                                                                                     —Luke 2:11-12

On this Christmas Day we share with you the Presbyterian Homes & Services 2016 Christmas card that arrived in the mailboxes of residents, employees and volunteers earlier this month. This year’s card featured the art of Rosemary Hawkinson who lives at The Terrace senior apartments at St. Andrew’s Village in Mahtomedi, MN. Her water-color painting of the nativity was combined with words from the much-beloved Christmas hymn, “O Holy Night” and the familiar words from the Gospel of Luke to create the beautiful card (pictured above).

Rosemary painted the scene in October 2016, when Liz Jefferson, Campus Administrator of St. Andrew’s Village, invited her to submit an entry for this year’s card. “I was really surprised to hear it was chosen,” she said. She was even more amazed when she learned that over 30,000 people who receive the card would be blessed by her artwork this year. “It’s been nearly 5 decades since my work has been published,” she smiled.

Rosemary has been an artist all her life. She credits her family with exposing her to art early in her childhood and considers herself blessed to have been able to make art her vocation. After college and art school, she worked as a fashion artist at The Golden Rule and Schuneman’s department stores; retail anchors long gone from downtown St. Paul, MN. 

Rosemary and her husband, David, made their home in the East Side neighborhood of St. Paul. In the years that Rosemary worked from her home raising their children, she picked up freelance art assignments including cover artwork for 3M publications and designs for memorial markers. 

That vocation continues today, with an art studio in her apartment where she enjoys painting portraits, landscapes and water colors. She sees the power of art in its unique ability to capture the spirit of a person or a moment and is thankful to be able to express herself in her paintings. “When I look back at my work over the years, I recognize how I’ve changed,” she said.  Rosemary loves Christmas and said that her inspiration for this piece was simple: the holy birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

Since 2010, an original painting by a PHS resident or employee has appeared on the annual Christmas card. We are blessed to add Rosemary’s gifted work to this tradition.

Merry Christmas!

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