Beloved Morris the Horse holiday ornaments arrive in Tryon

Published 11:51 am Friday, December 2, 2022

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As the holidays approach, Morris the Horse is making his traditional appearance on the annual Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) Christmas ornaments. The 2022 edition is available now.

These ornaments, individually designed by local artists and produced by the Charleston Mint in 24-karat gold on jeweler’s brass, are sold to benefit Tryon Fine Arts Center operations and programs. 

The Morris ornaments have been shipped around the world, and many people own every one made since artist Tommy Thorne-Thomsen produced the first one in 1991. Thorne-Thomsen designed the ornaments through 2002, and since then local artists including Paul Koenen, Kathleen Carson, Kim Nelson and John Walters have provided designs for the annual decoration. 

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This year’s design is also by John Walters. John is a Tryon resident, local architect, and artist.Pick up your ornaments at TFAC before December 21, purchase them in TFAC’s online store ( to be shipped or picked up) or purchase them at these area locations Landrum Hardware, Down to Earth Garden Center, and Tryon Toy Makers. The 2022 Morris Ornaments are $26 each. Previous years’ ornaments are $23 and may be purchased only through TFAC.

For more information, call 828-859-8322 or visit



Submitted by Debra Torrence