Bluebird Candy is starting a new tradition, hanging ornaments made from candy in its windows at 75 West Center in Logan.
“Our newly-remodeled store has three big windows in front of the sidewalk and we are going to fill our windows with candy ornaments similar to the candy displays in Salt Lake City’s Macy’s windows,” said owner Justin Hamilton. “We are hoping people will come and look at them after the Tree Lighting Ceremony.”
The Tree Lighting Ceremony is on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Logan Tabernacle.
Hamilton asked three local artists – Teri Christensen, Laura Johansen and Michael Bingham – to design and make large candy ornaments to display.
Christensen said it took her about a week from the day she got her candy to put her piece together. This was not a new experience for her. She’s helped her brother Jeff Rollo, a Salt Lake City artist, make candy ornaments for the Macy’s window displays.
“I’d say probably the one I did is very detailed, I’m not a sculptor,” she said. “I’ve dabbled in art, but motherhood has led me away from it.”
She said she was very excited and happy with how it turned out, but still a little nervous at how it will look when it is displayed.
“I would like to do more of this kind of art,” Christensen said. “Hopefully, we can get people to go downtown and participate in the Christmas holidays in Logan.”
Laura Johansen graduated with a degree in art, with an emphasis in painting and education.
She said she is also a stay-at-home mom and just getting back into painting.
“I love Christmas,” she said. “I was so excited when they asked me to do this, and they trusted me to do it.”
She said she wanted her ornament to be old-fashioned, incorporate the Bluebird, and feature red as a major color. After all, red is a Christmas color.
“We put our hearts and souls into it,” Johansen said. “My husband Dean and our four boys helped. They all had input into the concept and helped make it.”
Dean said she let them do all the menial parts and she did the more detailed parts.
Johansen said they gave her 70 to 80 pounds of candy.
On a side note, Johansen said she was really happy with the Bluebird remodel.
“I think it is what I envisioned,” she said. “It’s been fun to watch them redo the store and bring the past back into it. It’s amazing and beautiful.”
Michael Bingham, the other artist, is the founder and creative director of Jump the Moon Foundation. Bingham is a former high school art teacher and professional artist.
“We included a Logan version of Van Gough’s Starry Night and we did a fun design on the other side,” Bingham said. “We had a bunch of people come by and work on it.”
He said they had families, other artists, and people from all over come participate in putting the ornament together.
“I think this is a good thing in so many ways,” Bingham said. “I’d love to see more of this. It makes the downtown more desirable for the holidays with all of the lights and the stores decorated.”
Hamilton said they will have hot chocolate available for those that stop by to look at the candy made ornaments in the window.