Alfons Gallery's Creches Exhibition A Family-Friendly Christmas Offering

Nativity scenes from around the world bring global perspective to holiday tradition
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Nov. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- Milwaukee, WI, November 13, 2012 – Alfons Gallery is continuing the long-standing commitment of the School Sisters of St. Francis to the arts by presenting “Crèches Around the World in 43 Days” with an opening reception on Sunday, December 2, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The Gallery is located at 1501 S. Layton Blvd. in St. Joseph Center.  

This exhibition examines the global and cultural history of a time-honored tradition: the display of the Christmas crèche.  It will present a variety of Nativity sets from across the globe, reflecting the influence of Christian missionary work and ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.  

Nearly 100 crèches of varying sizes—some as small as one inch—will be on display.  A highlight of the show will be the Nativity sets from local collectors, whose personal stories provide insight into this ongoing tradition.  Additionally, Madonna and Child artwork from the School Sisters of St. Francis’ vast collection will present varied artistic views of the Holy Family within the Christmas narrative.  

“I’ve brought together a variety of Nativity scenes that reflect our global outreach and diversity,” says Valerie J. Christell, Alfons Gallery’s director and curator. “This holiday story, known by people of all faiths, has come to connect people throughout our world.”  

The show is presented in cooperation with The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton (Ohio), which houses the largest international crèche collection.  The library is providing large-scale printed images of unique crèches from countries served by the School Sisters of St. Francis, along with documentation for the sets.  

Crèches from around the world will also be available for sale in the Alfons Gallery’s Cultural Gift Shop.  The Cultural Gift Shop supports the work of the School Sisters of St. Francis’ global missions by selling works by their countries’ artisans as well as local artists.  

The exhibit continues through January 13, 2013.

Alfons Gallery is located at St. Joseph Center, 1501 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street and Greenfield Avenue) in Milwaukee. Free parking is available in the lot that is accessible on 29th and Orchard (Alexia Circle entrance).

For more information on Alfons Gallery, please email, call 414-385-5273, or visit the gallery’s website at
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