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CONTACT: Delaynna Trim (405-878-5300)


SHAWNEE – The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will be hosting the exhibition, The Nativity: 15-17th century Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, from December 9, 2011 until January 22, 2012.


This exhibition presents etchings from many famous printmakers including Durer and Rembrandt, and includes prints from artists that are better known as painters such as Peter Paul Rubens and Annibale Carracci. All of the etchings are from the 15th through 17th centuries and depict the events of the birth of Christ. The nativity refers to the entire story from the Annunciation of the birth of Christ to after the actual birth with the Holy Family.


“This is a perfect exhibit to have for the holiday season,” said Dane Pollei, Director of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. “People can bring their friends and families that are in town for the holidays to the museum to see these beautiful pieces.”


There are over 30 etchings by 18 different artists – each placing their own twist on the timeless story. “It is wonderful to see how different some of the pieces are, despite the fact that they are illustrating the same story,” said Delaynna Trim, Curator of Collections of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.


All pieces in this exhibit are on loan from Emile Mathis of Mathis Gallery and Conservation Framing, Racine, Wisconsin. 


The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee.  The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 or older, $3 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and younger.


This exhibition is funded in part by the Inasmuch Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Wissinger Memorial Fund, and Allied Arts. For accommodations on the basis of disability or more information on this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.