Meet the Decatur painter behind the holiday home tour art

DeAnn Meely never intended on getting involved with one of the city’s most popular holiday events — at least not during her first year in town. By reaching out to the organizers of the Christmas home tour, the newcomer to Decatur thought she could develop connections with her neighbors in historic Albany and Old Decatur. The organizers thought differently.

Along with showing her Jackson Street Southeast home on the tour, the transplant from Arizona is playing an instrumental role in the development of a new tour tradition.

“The historic Christmas home tour is one of the city’s great traditions. With a few additions, though, it could be even better,” said Brenda Henson, lead organizer of the 26th annual tour scheduled for Dec. 12.

The tour’s new features include a people’s choice decorating award, structures in various stages of renovation and a poster displaying an artist’s rendering of a home. Meely volunteered her talents

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