Local artist Ashley Long paints City’s annual Christmas ornament

Published 1:50 pm Sunday, December 13, 2020

Since 2017, local artist Ashley Long has been creating one-of-a-kind ornaments for the City of Bainbridge. This year’s ornament features the prominent Ginkgo and Oak trees on the corner of Broad Street and Broughton Street in Downtown Bainbridge.

Long said he originally painted the intersection and trees three years ago, but they weren’t featured on the ornament until this year.

“It was a perspective we had never seen before with the gold glistening off the trees and onto the street, said Downtown Development Authority Director Amanda Glover.

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Glover also liked the ornament idea because trees are such a focal point in Decatur County and guests are consistently commenting on the beauty of the old oaks.

“We really are just glad we get to feature another local artist and we hope to continue producing these ornaments in the future,” Glover said.

The ornaments first went on sale the day of the holiday open house and are now available at several downtown stores including, Mad Rose, Bristol Reese Boutique, Reeves Gifts, Jewelry and More, the Downtown Development Authority office and Ashley Long’s Studio.

The cost of the ornament is $12.

The DDA is also selling Mary Cox’s official city ornaments from years past.

Glover said she has ornaments from 1991-2016, excluding 1995’s Firehouse Gallery, 1996’s Train Depot, 1999’s Ritz Theatre, 2000’s Bon Air, 2002’s Oak Tree and 2007’s First Baptist Church.

The other years are in stock and available for purchase at the DDA’s Office for $8.