NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The College of New Rochelle Castle Gallery is showing “Nativity Scenes from the Americas,” featuring a curated selection of the Kate Canty Crèche Collection, at the main campus through Sunday, Jan. 10.
An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday from noon-2 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Eileen Canty, an alumna and former psychology professor at The College of New Rochelle School of Arts & Sciences, and her husband, Jim, began collecting crèches to commemorate their travels in 1985. The collection, named in honor of their late daughter Kate, grew out of the Cantys' “love for the Nativity, appreciation of folk art and interest in travel and foreign lands and their peoples.”
"Nativity Scenes from the Americas" features over 60 pieces from different countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, the American Southwest and Canada.
The “nacimientos,” Spanish for Nativity scene, include Peruvian retablos, triptychs from Venezuela and New Mexico, and clay objects such as a candleholder from Mexico that recalls images of the Tree of Life. The crèches are made of clay, wood, straw, emu eggs, automobile parts, gourds and clothespins.
Curator Nereida Segura-Rico, associate professor of modern and classical languages at The College of New Rochelle, explains that the exhibit reveals “a shared history of migration and cultural melding that highlights what we have in common across borders.”
A Family Day with an art project will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-4 p.m. Family Day is free, and all ages are welcome.
For general information, tours and directions to the Castle Gallery and The College of New Rochelle, click here or call 914-654-5423. The Castle Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays and major holidays. The gallery will have limited hours on Dec. 23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-3.
The Castle Gallery is at 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle.
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