National Museum of Catholic Art and Library

PRESS RELEASE: December 15th, 2009

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS EXHIBITION” at The Historical Society displays the largest Life Size Nativity in Washington, DC!

50 International Artists will participate in “The 2nd Annual International Holiday Traditions Exhibition” opening December 12th, 2009 thru January 10th, 2010 at the Historical Society of Washington DC. Started in 2008 by Sandy Bellamy, Executive Directors and Christina Cox  Founder of The National Museum of Catholic Art and History. They participated together to create an “International Holiday Tradition Exhibition.” The National Museum of Catholic Art and History (NYC) flew in by plane the largest Nativity in Washington, DC from the Philippines

The Historical Society of Washington, DC art curator Margaret Hutto has worked hard displaying the exhibition. Art curators Brother Joseph  and Luis Peralta from The Pope John Paul 2 Cultural Center are displaying their nativities from their around the world collection. Wendy Turman, archivist The Jewish Historical society of Greater Washington will display the Hanukah menorah and the American Islam Museum the Ramadan holiday artifacts. You will also see the St Nicholas room and an English Charles Dickens’s winter village. A Polish crèche, a European train sets, Madonna and Child’s paintings, Angel sculptures and crèches from Cuba, Italy, France, Russia, Ethiopia, Canada and from all over the world.

NMCAL new contemporary artists from around the world are Fabio D’ Aroma, Bernie Deschler, Enrique Ortiz, Fred Villanueva,  Sharon Furner, Paul Gatto, Adriana Torres, Maria Taruella, Lilya Popva, Diana Goth, Mendez, Elayne De Porta, Carolos Piereira,, Muriel Castanis, Franta, Oliver Kirsch, Gustavo Schmidt,  Henry Bermudez,  Tito Gomez, Michael Tang, Amaya Salazar Joseph Konopka, Lorenzo Lotto and the NMCAL old master collection John Pudhum Ludlum famous $3 million dollar painting The Adoramus” will be on display. It is a special Nativity painting that can only be seen with a black light and glows in the dark. You have never seen anything like this. This drew thousands last year!

Wine and Cheese art exhibition held at the Historical Society of Washington, DC on Friday, December 17th, 2009. For tickets or information please call above phone numbers.

On December 12th, the toys will be given to the children of homeless children from 1 to 3pm.

 From the “Toys for Tots program by the US Marines (invitation only.)