After 20 years at the University of Oregon, I have retired. So, I will begin posting about my new experiences here and hope you find them interesting.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Creche exhibit brings warm holiday remembrances

Seven years ago I attended an exhibit of nativity sets held at a local church and photographed the beautiful and diverse examples of craftsmanship from around the world. I used an early digital camera, and, ever since then, have tried to watch the paper and see if the church was going to hold the exhibit again. This year I finally saw a small notice that the event was being held once more so I made plans to attend.

Like the first exhibit, the event I attended Sunday was very well organized and I was told included over 900 creches. I spent two fascinating hours trying to capture the most interesting entries, shooting almost five hundred images.

The event included performances by a very talented singer and two other musicians who played holiday music, much to the enjoyment of all. I don't think I've been to any finer concert!

I was told the event has been held every year for the past seven years so I must have just overlooked any notices about it before.

I've started uploading my images to Flickr, so if you are interested in seeing these wonderful examples of folk art, take a look. I have been titling the images "The Many Faces of Christmas". I emailed the local newspaper and offered to provide high resolution versions for printing so the event could be shared with the rest of the community, although I don't yet know if they are planning to run any of them at this time.
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