Come see a selection of Christmas Nativity sets from around the world on December 14 - 17 at the First Baptist Church of Asheville. The public is welcome to this free event.
Special guest lectures by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers on “Creche: The Nativity Scene as Art” and "The Nativity Scene in Worship and Devotion" Friday and Saturday.
The exhibit will run Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm (open interfaith reception), Friday from 5 to 8:30 pm, Saturday the 16th from 3 - 8:30 pm, and Sunday the 17th from 12 noon to 6 PM.
A crèche, often called a Nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ. While focusing on the central figures of the mother Mary and Christ Child, crèche artists often telescope time and place to bring together a host of earthly and heavenly participants—shepherds, animals, wise men, angels, and commoners. For centuries, the crèche as an art form has spanned the globe, flourishing in homes and churches worldwide. Whether the crèche contains 19th century Italian villagers dressed in silks and jewels or contemporary African animal herders made of clay, each representation reflects the unique time and culture of the artist. This exhibit is an ecumenical effort to highlight the cultural diversity of each crèche on display, while honoring and celebrating the common theme that runs throughout—the birth of Jesus