This week you’ll find her putting final touches on her nativity scenes, which will be displayed at the annual Community Crèche Christmas Celebration in Morris Township.
“I think of my crèches as if they were an art collection,” she stated. Some are displayed throughout my home year round. And unfortunately, some of them never see the light of day.”
That is one reason Kirkman, who attended the exhibit last year, looked forward to this year’s event—she is able to display several crèches that otherwise might remained stored in her large Victorian home.
Among some of the crèche Kirkham plans to display are an Icelandic crèche with Mary bundled in native woven fabric, a Haitian nativity scene crafted from an oil barrel, a Byzantine-style ceramic plaque from Turkey, a Kenyan crèche fashioned from banana leaves, and a handcrafted crèche by mountain artists in the Dominican Republic.