Yosemite's ornament was designed by local artist Penny Otwell. Her work has been featured in numerous locations in the Yosemite area, including regularly at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley. Ms. Otwell attended the reception at the White House hosted by First Lady Laura Bush on November 28.
"To stand side-by-side with the other artists that contributed to this tree was a great honor. Hearing the First Lady speak of her love for the National Parks was a very moving experience." said Otwell.