During its first year The Joe Center for the Arts has become a showcase of the artistic talent alive and well in the area.

Painting in a variety of mediums, photography, sculpture and, coming up, fabrics have filled the palette of offered by the first year all-volunteer, non-profit arts organization.

That mission continues into the holiday season.

The Joe Center for the Arts will host the “Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees” beginning Nov. 24 at the gallery located at 201 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe.

The event, which will end Dec. 15, is sponsored by The Joe and the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC).

“We want to transform the gallery into a winter wonderland filled with beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and displays of holiday collections,” said Marcy Trahan with The Joe.

Individuals, organization and businesses are invited to be a part of the show, another aspect, community involvement, at which The Joe has excelled in its first year.

Put together a display, approved, of course, please, or decorate a wreath or tree; just be part of the holiday celebration.

There are a host of activities planned around the “Festival of Trees,” including a visit from the jolly Old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus, craft projects for the children, holiday demonstrations and group tours.

“The yuletide displays will be only part of the fun,” Trahan said.

In addition, The Joe folks are soliciting donations, say, something that highlights a business, organization, art or holiday tradition, for a silent auction.

The folks at The Joe are also seeking sponsorship dollars to help make this holiday event a “free event everyone along the Forgotten Coast will enjoy,” Trahan said.

During the run of the show local choirs and musicians will be providing music, much of it holiday-themed.

Sponsorship and entry forms can be found at www.TheJoeCenter.org.

Forms can be printed off and mailed to The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.

Forms may also be completed online.

Registration deadline for displays and the silent auction is Nov. 1 or until all spaces are filled. Those applying after the spaces are filled will be contacted and fees returned.

Questions or more information contact Trahan at 970-397-9663 or marcytrahan@comcast.net.