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Folk Art "Handcrafting the Finest in Christmas collectibles"
Today, Vaillancourt Folk Art (VFA) is one of America's last remaining Christmas ornament and collectibles makers. Unlike most Christmas
collectibles, which are manufactured overseas, Vaillancourt chalkware figures are still made by hand at the VFA studio in Sutton, Mass. Visitors can tour
behind-the-scenes as artists hand-paint more than 300 different versions of Santa Claus and Father Christmas figures.
Vaillancourt Annual Starlight Santas Information
Each year, Judi Vaillancourt designs a special chalkware Santa that is painted throughout the year, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to purchase “Fun Centers” for local pediatric units, this piece has become one of the best sellers from the Vaillancourt Chalkware collection.
Whether it’s because of the good will or purely artistic design, the Starlight Santa has often been the first piece to start a Vaillancourt collection. Whether a die-hard collector or casual consumer, the Starlight Santa is sure to please all.
Each year collector’s line up (some spending the night in order to be first) to get the lowest production numbers available. Those in attendance, within the order they arrive, get to choose from the hundreds of Santas painted and make their personal choice their number. Orders made on-line and over the phone will get the lowest number available once in-store customers have made their choices.
Like all Starlight Santas, this year’s Starlight will remain in production until it is retired on Christmas Day—never to be produced again.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
A “Fun Center” is a mobile entertainment unit containing a flat-screen television, DVD player and Nintendo system. Whether hospitalized children are nervously awaiting surgery, sitting restlessly during a long treatment or lonely in their hospital room, the Fun Center helps them cope by providing hours of fun and distraction. Fun Center sponsorship is currently $4,250 which includes all the costs of the unit and
maintenance for the life of the Fun Center by Starlight Children’s Foundation staff.
Patrick and Nancy with Gary and Judy Vaillancourt from Vaillancourt Chalkware.
The 2013 Starlight Santa, Vaillancourt Folk Art's 24th in the series, pays homage to the old world look and feel. Here, Santa is crouching down with an axe as he finds the perfect Christmas tree for himself. In classic red, a white wintery scene is silouhetted around the coat and hat.
Introduced 2013 Limited to Year of Production.
Limited to Year of Production, To mark the twenty-third year that Vaillancourt Folk Art has worked to produce a chalkware Santa for Starlight, Judi has used a new mould from Holland with a familiar, recognizable, personality. This Santa is in his classic red outfit holding his half open sack of goodies with a star upon it. In addition, this Santa is holding a small Christmas tree high in the air to represent the spirit of Christmas.
This Santa is embodies the classic Christmas image and will stop being produced on Christmas eve 2012.
View info about Annual Starlight Santa Series Introduced 2012.
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The 2010 (21st) Starlight Santa was created with you in mind. The contemporary shape of the Santa, along with the cute winter deer, makes the perfect addition to the Starlight Series. Whether you are a serious collector with each piece in the series or are just starting your own collection,
this Starlight features some great detail on both the face of Santa and the subtle detail on the coat, tree, and deer.
Limited to Year of Production, Introduced 2010
View Info About Annual Starlight Santa Series 7”H