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Everson Museum of Art celebrates the holidays through an artistic lens

Visitors have a week left to walk through a downtown Syracuse art museum's winter wonderland.

TheEverson Museum of Art is scattered with elaborate Christma trees, wreaths and other seasonal inspired artwork for its Festival of Trees and Light, which is set to last through Saturday.

The annual event is in its 37th year, but the Everson's deputy director, Jen Neuner said the festival offers a new and unique way for visitors to enjoy the museum.

"It's really just to create a sense of winter holiday magic and be able to see the museum in a different way," Neuner said. "It allows us to bring in folks who maybe wouldn't normally come to the museum."

She said the festival also features art workshops and performances from local dance troupes and area students.

"We have like a dozen acapella groups who encompass high schools, Syracuse University, as well as local performance groups for a two-hour performance in our auditorium," Neuner said.

Neuner said the large trees and wreaths on display are available for purchase, along with smaller trees and holiday-themed knick-knacks throughout the museum. All proceeds go toward the museum.

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