THE WESTMINSTER ART GALLERY
At Westminster, you can immerse yourself in the arts! New exhibits are planned for each month or season throughout the year. Visit the Gallery, located on the lower level of the church, any time the building is open. If you have any questions about our gallery or Visual Arts Committee please e-mail us.
Gallery Features Special Display for Advent and Christmas
In the Christian tradition, a nativity scene is a special display of art objects representing the birth of Jesus. Currently on display in the Westminster Gallery is a collection of photographs taken of a wide variety of nativity scenes, plus three actual nativities exhibited in our display case. Also included in the gallery are photos of Christmas cards featuring famous works of art depicting the Madonna and Child.
Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 near Greccio, Italy, in an attempt to place the emphasis of Christmas upon the worship of Christ rather than upon secular materialism. Staged in a cave, Saint Francis’ nativity scene was a living one with humans and animals cast in the biblical roles. Such re-enactments became hugely popular and spread throughout Christendom. Within a hundred years, every church in Italy was expected to have a nativity scene at Christmastime. Eventually, statues replaced human and animal participants, and static scenes became elaborate displays.
This Christmas season, visit the Westminster Gallery, located on the lower level of the church near the Franklin entrance. The exhibit will continue through early January.
Visual Arts Mission Statement:
"the Visual Arts unite us in the human experience and invite us into the presence of the divine.