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The Texas Santa was originally designed by Judi Vaillancourt in 2005 as a limited edition exclusive for a now out-of-business store in Texas. The piece embodies the spirit of Texas through the imagery, colors, and symbolism depicted on his coat and throughout the pieces’ design. With a large collector base in Texas, the original version of this piece was introduced as an edition of 100 and was quick to sell out. In 2017, this piece was re-issued as artist proofs marked, “To Benefit The American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”
“Having a strong collector base in Texas, we joined the country in a feeling of shock as the imagery of Hurricane Harvey began to come into light,” Gary Vaillancourt said. “Our company is about the spirit of the holidays, the tradition of Christmas, so to be able to do anything that contributes to helping those in need is critical for us. We’re happy to be able to team up with a credible organization that will ensure the money is used to help those in need.”
The original edition of this piece, created for Peek in the Attic, was an edition of 100 which sold out. To contribute to the American Red Cross fund, Vaillancourt issued their 2005 version of the Texas Santa as artist proofs with 100% of the after-tax net profits directly benefiting the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Vaillancourt is a family owned business located in Sutton, Massachusetts and is best known for their handmade and hand painted chalkware figures. These figures are made using vintage and antique chocolate, candy, and ice cream moulds. The Vaillancourt’s have the largest private collection in the USA and have been creating these heirloom masterpieces meant to be passed down from generation to generation since 1984.