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Michael McGuiness, a resident at Life Care Center of Blount County, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Louisville, Tennessee, recently had his artwork featured on a Christmas card.


Each year, nursing home company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities nationwide to submit card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. A total of eight designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care.


McGuiness’ painting of a Christmas tree in the bed of a pickup truck won the top spot in the Eastern Division contest and is being featured on Christmas cards sent around the nation.


“I felt like this embodied an Appalachian Christmas,” said McGuiness. “A lot of people in this area share memories of loading trees in the back of their trucks once they picked them with their families during the season.”


McGuiness is a Knoxville native who spent his career as an architect. He raised seven children with his wife, Leta.

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