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A Holiday in the City opens December 5

Large collection of porcelain buildings and figures gifted by Chris and Gary Reed

A Holiday in the City

In December, the public is invited to visit a spectacular exhibition of hand-painted porcelain buildings, figures, plazas and parks depicting a delightful holiday cityscape of the past. The exhibition, entitled A Holiday in the City, will be held in the lobby of TCOE’s new Administration Building and Conference Center. Dozens of illuminated homes, civic buildings, businesses, churches and restaurants will be featured in the 55-foot long display. Dotted among the buildings are dozens of figures – carolers, ice skaters, shoppers and diners – all bundled up for the holidays.

A Holiday in the City is drawn from a collection of porcelains donated to the Tulare County Office of Education Foundation by Tulare County Board of Education President Chris Reed and her husband, Gary. Mrs. Reed, who serves as a trustee representing the Porterville area, has been collecting the porcelains for over 25 years. “As the collection grew, we began to think about how we could share it,” said Mrs. Reed. “By donating it to the TCOE Foundation, we know that children of all ages can enjoy the village scenes each year during the holidays.”

The exhibition will open to the public on Monday, December 5, and remain on display through December 29. The public is welcome to visit the free exhibition Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Holiday in the City will be open 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. December 27-29 and closed Saturdays and Sundays, and December 23 and 26. The TCOE Administration Building and Conference Center is located at 6200 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. No reservations are required.

“We are so grateful for the Reed’s gift of these charming pieces of art,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “We hope that parents and grandparents will take the opportunity to bring their children to experience the warmth and magic of A Holiday in the City.”

For more information about A Holiday in the City, call Marlene Moreno at (559) 733-6302.

Photo above:
~ A vignette from
A Holiday in the City features just a few of the hundreds of buildings and figures that will be displayed in the lobby of the TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center beginning December 5.