Italian nativity scene on display at Spencer
The 18th-century Italian "Presepio," above, will be displayed through Dec. 31 in the Renaissance Gallery at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
The opulent nativity scene is in its original architectural setting of a ruined basilica, with Italian street figures and accessories adding to the detail.
The piece is part of the collection donated by Sallie Casey Thayer in 1917 to KU as the basis for the university art museum. It is one of the finest examples of the genre on view in the United States.
Baldwin resident to show collection of madonnas
A collection of madonnas will be the focus of the next "Know Your Antiques" session at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Ruth Dickinson, a minister's wife from Baldwin, will show and talk about her collection at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The session is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted for the museum.
There's still time to enter the J-W holiday art contest
The Lawrence Journal-World is seeking entries for its first Holiday Art Contest.
Here's how the contest works: Create an artwork that reflects some aspect of the holiday season. The artwork can be of any media. There are three divisions grades K-8, grades 9-12 and adult with one winner being named in each category. A panel of local artists will serve as judges.
Each first-place winner will receive four movie passes, donated by Southwind Twelve Theatres. Honorable mentions will receive certificates of recognition. Winning entries will be published in the Dec. 23 Journal-World.
Each entry must include the name, phone number and address of the entrant; the title of the work; the media used; and the entry category.
Entries can be sent to Holiday Art Contest, Attn: Jan Biles, Journal-World, 645 N.H., Lawrence, 66044. Entries must arrive by 5 p.m. Friday.
Performance art students pick 'White on White' theme
"An Evening of Performance Art" will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Art and Design Gallery in Kansas University's Art and Design Building. This year's theme is "White on White."
The doors will open at 7 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. The event typically draws large crowds so audience members should come early to avoid long waits.
Upon entering the gallery, audience members will cycle through the individual performances from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
The event is free and open to the public.
Joyce Castle to sing works of Brahms, Ravel, Weill
Joyce Castle will sing the songs she loves in the place she loves at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
A Kansas University alumna and world-renown mezzo-soprano, Castle is completing her first semester as voice professor at KU and is making her first faculty performance in the same venue where she sang her senior recital.
Castle will sing the romantic songs of Johannes Brahms; the European- and Broadway-period compositions of Kurt Weill; and Maurice Ravel's cycle based on the lives of animals called "Histories Naturelles." She also will perform compositions by Michael Torke, Ricky Ian Gordon and Gene Scheer.
Castle has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Berkshire Opera and L'Opera de Montreal. She has appeared in several Broadway productions.
The recital is free and open to the public.