We’ve been preparing for my annual showing of Nativities (doing lots of research, working with local churches and organizations, advertising, etc.) and it’s become clearer to me this year than in anytime past that few people on the West Coast of the United States know of the rich tradition of collecting/display Crèche art.
Many people think I am the only “crazy” person out there collecting. I’m not. Many people (on the west coast) think my collection is HUGE – compared to other collections, it’s relatively small. One woman has over 3,500 sets and doesn’t even hold an event to show them! Many don’t know how two West Coast collectors (one in Bellingham, WA and the other is Santa Clara, CA) donated their collection to one of the largest (if not THE largest collections in the United States!) Please visit Dayton University and stop by the Library to see their rotating collection. It’s very impressive.
Crèche art collecting and appreciation is alive and well, but not so much here on the West Coast. I’d like to change that.
We’ll host 2 Displays this year.
Show #1: Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave West, Seattle: 200 sets displayed, from November 29-December 2. Showings from 10-7 p.m. each evening and Sunday from 1-7 p.m.
Display #2 Northwood Christian Church, Springfield, Oregon, 10am-8 p.m. December 17-20. Over 600 sets displayed.
Look forward to seeing you.
Interim Pastor Neil W. Allen
Pastor Neil Allen
I am blessed to serve as the pastor of Queen Anne Christian Church, an amazing community of wise and thoughtful people.