Jan. 6: Mary C. Woodward – The Nativity in Art

January 6, 7:00 pm Tickets $10, CCA and CAS Members $5 HERE

Please join us for the first of a series of “Armchair Art History” talks by Mary C. Woodward. These talks will be streamed and you will receive the code to watch the presentation when you purchase a ticket, which will support the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.

CCA MEMBERS, you will be receiving your coupon code by email and CAS MEMBERS, you will be receiving your coupon code from the CAS.

The birth of Christ—the Nativity—has been an enduring subject in art since the late 4th century, when Christian themes as we know them first began to appear in art.  The works we will look at demonstrate a wide variety of interpretations of the Nativity as well as related events, such as the Adoration of the Shepherds and the Adoration of the Magi.  We will see examples of disguised symbolism when artists used everyday objects, including candles, flowers, books or even animals, to allude to the sacred nature of the event.  We will also discuss the appearance of the Black Magi and his importance in the depictions of Christ’s birth.  St. Francis’ contributions to the way we still celebrate the holiday will be noted.  And we will discover who we can thank for making December 25th a holiday from work (well, for most of us!)

Our Presenter –

Mary C. Woodward

Mary C. Woodward has spent more than 40 years in the museum and historic home business, having earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History.  She has worked at large, comprehensive collections such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and tiny properties like the 17th century log cabin that was the birthplace of President James K. Polk.  Each opportunity has been an interesting and memorable experience.

Since moving to Massachusetts in 2010, Mary has worked at The Old Manse in Concord, MA, the Concord Museum and Historic New England, previously as Lead Guide at the Gropius House and currently as a Guide at the Winslow Crocker House.  She helped establish and manage the Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, an exhibition space for local artists, for six years.  In the last few years, she’s enjoyed taking art history talks on the road to various libraries and retirement communities (and continues to do that now online).  When she’s not at work, she’s in her yard, pretending to garden.  

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