Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival has finally figured out how to guarantee trees will bloom on command.
As part of the 2010 artwork unveiled Thursday night, a special color-changing coffee mug turns leafy trees pink by adding a hot beverage into the cup featuring a Hay House design by Dee Ann Heidler.
Unfortunately, the magic only works on the mug and not the thousands of Yoshino cherry trees.
For the first time, the annual limited-edition print will benefit the Methodist Home for Children and Youth with $5 of each $35 sale. Macon artist Tana Selby painted the home’s Burden Chapel.
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“They can go and get a frame off the counter,” said the festival’s Connie Howard. “They don’t have to have them specially framed anymore.”
A five-member committee selects artists’ submissions for print, porcelain plate and pin.
After collecting all the festival’s pins, Gray’s Penni Hartley created a red and white Japanese pin with pink blossoms over a blue background for the 2010 pin.
While Hartley and Selby are newcomers, cherry blossom veteran Heidler designed the winning plate featuring the Hay House flanked by blooming trees.
The $5 pins won’t go on sale until January. The $35 prints, $14 mugs and $30 plates can now be purchased at the festival headquarters at Cherry and New streets.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.