The public is invited to see “Shepherds, Kings, and Christmas Things,” a special exhibition of Nativity sets, Advent calendars, sacred artwork, and more, December 7-9 at St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church, located at 1309 R Street in Lincoln.
The event features over 40 Nativity sets and works of art from collections all over Lincoln. The exhibits include manger scenes that are handmade as well as commercially produced, from the US, Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world, crafted in wood, metal, stone, glass, and much more. Visitors will see themes ranging from Steampunk to Charlie Brown. Ten Thousand Villages is taking part with five international sets.
“We’re really happy to offer so many different interpretations,” noted Natalie Shepard, a volunteer at St. Mark’s on the Campus.
The displays will include notes from the owners about the significance of each set.
Also on display will be multimedia artwork by Connie Backus Yoder, vintage Advent Calendars, and a set of boxes representing the gifts of the Magi. A framed brass rubbing will be raffled during the event.
Admission is free, but freewill offerings are welcome. Proceeds benefit the church’s McPhee project, gathering toys, socks, and undergarments for students at McPhee Elementary School.
The show opens with a First Friday reception from 5-7 pm December 7. Collector Joyce Michaelis of Friends of the Crèche will give a short talk at 6pm.
The show continues from 11 am to 4 pm December 8. Ten Thousand Villages will hold a special one-day Pop-up Sale during exhibit hours. A percentage of sales will be donated to the McPhee project.
The show will conclude with exhibit hours from noon to 4pm on Sunday, December 9. At 3 pm, the raffle winner will be drawn. Actress Pippa Lawson will perform a short program about Christmas at the Norfolk Canteen. Sing-along caroling will follow.
For more information, contact St. Mark’s on the Campus Episcopal Church, 402-474-1979.