In the autumn, I wrote a wee bit about having opportunity to visit Al Gerritsen’s workshop. At that time, I purchased my indoor nativity figures, sculpture that I will display and treasure every year during Advent. Last week I set them out on the family room book shelf, placed carefully on two meters of violet satin.
During the same week, a couple of ‘angels’ offered an outdoor nativity scene, fashioned by the same artist…for anyone willing to transport it on their own. I received the information on this through two of my dearest angels, Pat and Mary. Generously, my son agreed to come with me across the city, to pick it up. With Fred’s advise and piece of rope, we soon had the wooden figures stabilized in the bulging van. It had felt to be an epic journey, both ways, because it took place during rush hour traffic and on an unfamiliar route. Thanks to the patience of my son, we unloaded the creche figures next to the studio some time near seven thirty.
Today, my neighbour, Len, came over and we set the nativity up in close proximity to the tree and the bird feeder. It was a very enjoyable time, sorting out the pieces and making certain that the elements were secure. When I came home from the off leash park, I found that Len had repaired the electrical cord and updated the lights that are mounted above Mary, Joseph and the little child, Jesus. I’m looking forward to seeing the piece tonight, when all is dark.
I am in gratitude of Al Gerritsen for these pieces that already have a history, having been painted in 1994, and for the people who helped me to access them. It gives me pleasure to display such a powerful nativity here on our neighbourhood circle.