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Merry Christmas by Clina PolloniTo all our dear friends and family,

We are very thankful for all the good things that God have given us in this year of 2016:

Merry Christmas by Clina PolloniThe family is in good health and the grand children are growing happy in their young lives.

I went to Chile in September to spent some time with my mother, she is stable and doing well with the dedicated care of the nurses. Also visited family and friends enjoying time together.

The studio and house are finished with a warm inauguration of family and friends. We have had many gatherings, either cooking outside or inside with American and a variety of international food.

Oil Portrait of Clina BeckerFinally the family, friends and students have a place to get together, to paint and share good times together, overwhelm with creativity and inspirational ideas. Also the paintings are displayed in the studio. I have participated in different exhibitions including the Tar River Festival, Franklin County Art Council, Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest and Christmas Art Show at The Civic Gallery of the Wesleyan Dunn Center.

On July 29, 2016 I became an American Citizen. With the support of Thom, the Naturalization Oath Ceremony was very emotional, I am so proud to be an American Citizen!!!

The painting in the Christmas card is the “The Nativity” by Deb Allen.

Naturalization Oath Ceremony of Clina PolloniThis Christmas card is dedicated to the memory of Deb Allen, a mother, grandmother and an excellent artist. Her art and love will remain in our family as a treasure for every body to appreciate and enjoy.

We wish you love, happiness and health together with your family on this beautiful Christmas.

 Thomas Allen and Clina Polloni Allen