Sharon Visker

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Keepsake Artist Sharon Visker

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Sharon Visker

Title: Hallmark Artist
Date started at Hallmark: 1983
Date started at Keepsakes: 2000
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Her mother seemed to be taking an art class or immersing herself in an art project during every spare moment. Her brother seemed to be able to draw just about anything. And in an atmosphere where art seemed like a part of everyday life, it was only natural that Sharon Visker would want to give it a try.

She quickly discovered she was unusually good at it. So good, in fact, that her friends would offer to buy the bubble gum cards she copied for fun. Which made Sharon realize she had the ability to be an artist who could make people notice her work.

Throughout grade school and high school, the opportunities for Sharon's work to be noticed occurred frequently and took various forms. She created elaborate bulletin board displays, designed yearbooks, entered—and won—numerous art competitions.

Her exceptional talent eventually brought her to Hallmark, where, after 15 years as an illustrator, she participated in a woodcarving workshop and discovered a knack she didn't know she had. A knack for sculpting—which she's been exercising ever since for the enjoyment of Keepsake Ornaments collectors.

2015 Keepsake Ornaments

Jingle Bell Rock 2015 Keepsake Ornament

Jingle Bell Rock

Playing off another fond memory from Sharon’s childhood comes Jingle Bell Rock, a humorous tribute to the pet rock fad that hit critical mass in the mid-’70s. Says Sharon, “I saw the title of the song on a list, and the idea came to me pretty quickly.”

Sharon readily admits to having an offbeat sense of humor. She also confesses that the idea made her little nervous. “It’s not exactly the standard Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, so I really hope it makes collectors laugh like I did.”

Only time will tell for sure, but we think that the fond memories it brings back and the adorable smile on this rockin’ piece of holiday fun will win over the most stone-faced collectors.

Don't Worry Be Happy 2015 Keepsake Ornament

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Anyone who’s ever been to a beach and ordered a cocktail is familiar with the recipe for this ornament. One part beachiest song ever. One part kitschy coconut. And one part Santa smile. Push button, sit back and enjoy.

But Sharon likes to experiment, so she added an extra ingredient to give a shout-out to the Jimmy Buffet Parrotheads she’s met on her travels—a colorful parrot.

So if you haven’t planned a Christmas beach vacation this year, don’t worry…be happy—this ornament will bring the beach vibes right to you.

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