Trident Literacy Association has announced the arrival of the 2012 “Ornament of Hope.”

Each year the organization sells the ornament to raise funds for its adult literacy programs in the tri-county.

Since 1991, local artist Anne Worsham Richardson donated the use of one of her paintings to benefit literacy efforts throughout the state. The exclusive interpretation from watercolor to metal is the work of Elizabeth Anne Neiman at The Charleston Mint.

The 2012 ornament features the oriole.

The ornament is an enduring legacy of Richardson, who died earlier this year.

The mission of Trident Literacy Association is to increase literacy in the tri-county, where one in seven adults are functionally illiterate and 60,000 do not have a high school diploma.

Orders for ornaments are now being accepted. Single ornaments may be reserved for $15, and a matted-and-framed version is also available (with a copy of the Anne Worsham Richardson print that inspired it) for $35 plus $5 postage and handling.

Orders can be sent to Trident Literacy Association, 5416-B Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC 29406, or ordered online at

Delivery time is about one week.

Orders will be accepted until Dec. 1. Call 747-2223 for more information.