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Nov 27, 1998 Whashington, D.C.

“Impressions of a White House Christmas” the drawings and paintings of Washington artist Lily Spandorf, opens November 27 at the White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The holiday show, sponsored by the White House Historical Association in cooperation with the National Park Service will continue through January 10, 1999.

The exhibit will feature 27 of Spandorf’s works, including Carolers on the North Lawn (Christmas 1992), Poinsettias (Christmas 1973). Chef Hans Raffert’s Gingerbread House (Christmas 1979), Mother Goose (Christmas 1986), and the Diplomatic Reception Room Tree (Christmas 1993).

Spandorf, an internationally renowned artist, began documenting White House Christmases while working for The Washington Star and has continued to record the festive occasion through many administrations. She has designed a United States Christmas postage stamp, and had a one-person show titled “Washington Never More” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The artist has exhibited widely in the city and is represented in public and private collections She continues to record the changing history of Washington in her paintings, drawings, and watercolors. The White House Historical Association has acquired her White House Christmas collection.

The White House Visitor Center, in the historic Malcolm Baldrige Hall of the Department of Commerce at l5th and Pennsylvania Avenue, offers a welcoming experience and orientation to the White House and President’s Park. The Center serves as a ticket distribution area for the White House public tour program. Through its free video presentations and interesting exhibits, the facility also provides an alternative form of the White House for those unable to visit the White House itself. The Visitor Center is open daily 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day.

About the white house historical association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $50 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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