The 2021 Christmas House Gallery featured 15 entries this year, 14 of which were submitted by Robyn Butler’s Watseka Community High School art students. Christmas House Gallery operates in conjunction with Christmas Tree Lane at the Old Courthouse Museum, 103 W. Cherry, Watseka. The Iroquois County Historical Society is responsible for these events, while supporting the museum.
Christmas House Gallery entrances don’t have to follow the Christmas Tree Lane theme, and they can be made of any medium. There are three categories to judge: the public’s choice, the most original and the best decorated.
The winner of the People’s Choice award was the home created by Watseka’s ARC-Welles Career Center. Second place went to Scarlett Seibert, third to Katelyn Hatch and Gabby Macias, fourth to David Netzband, fifth to Sam McCain, sixth to Griselda Ruiz, seventh to Delmar Gilespie and eighth to Kelsey Gioja.
For the most original category, first place went to the house co-created by Katelyn Hatch and Gabby Macias, with second place tied between The ARC-Welles Career Center and David Netzband. The third went to Emma Laird, the fourth to Delmar Gilespie, the fifth to Reece Malerich and the sixth to the house co-created by Travis Milligan and Matthew Brown.
The home made by Katelyn Hatch and Gabby Macias won first place for best decoration, with second place tied between David Netzband and Delmar Gilespie. The third went to Jaden Carney and Shelby Kinkade, the fourth went to Sam McCain, the fifth was a tie between the house created by Reece Malerich and the one created by Travis Milligan and Matthew Brown; and sixth was a tie between Colin Burdick and Emma Laird.