Exhibit Date Christmas Seasons 2006-2007
TThe Nativity Through Children's Eyes, an exhibit of art created by Dayton, Ohio, area Catholic school children, will be on display November 27-January 28 in the Marian Library Gallery, located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus. The gallery is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. To make special arrangements to view the exhibit call 937-229-4214.
Thirty pictures were chosen for the exhibit from 476 submissions by children in grades three through eight. A jury of artists, teachers, and student teachers from the Dayton area made the selection. The children were asked to imagine how they would tell about the birth of Jesus and wish the Christ Child a happy birthday.
First–second–and third–place winners of the children's drawing contest and runners up were honored at their schools or parishes by members of Crèches International.
The children's drawings are part of this season's display of nativity sets centering on the theme of "The Global Village." Under this theme are featured the many ways in which various cultures of our world have enriched the original or classical figures of the manger scene. Thus, the Holy Family, shepherds and magi are accompanied and surrounded by angels and animals, musicians and revolutionaries, citizens and artisans, and the many colorful representations of race and social class. The multitude of these crèche figures have one thing in common. They are all yearning for the one glance or maybe even the one touch of the Christ Child that will make them whole.
Quilts from St. Simon's Quilting Group in Cincinnati form a discrete but rich backdrop for the drawings and crèches.
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