Experience the Christmas story through the creations of twelve artists on display in twelve stores during these last twelve days leading up to the holiday. The 2015 Christmas Art Walk, A Gift to Remember, is now underway at participating locations throughout the Village of Barrington. The event opened on Saturday, December 12th with events at Barrington’s White House and a live nativity play and petting zoo outside Egg Harbor Cafe and M.J. Miller Jeweler.
Organized by the Jonahre Foundation, the walk’s artists have all been commissioned to create works that depict the actions of characters in the Christmas story. Six of the twelve artists featured in this year’s walk are international, hailing from as far as Iran and South Africa. All works of art will remain on display for the twelve day period and docent-led tours leave from the Barrington Flower Shop each day at noon (except Sunday). CLICK HERE to read more about this year’s participating artists with works featured in the following locations:
1. Barrington Flower Shop 2. Bravura 3. TT Patton 4. ahava ORGANIC SpALON 5. Phillips Menswear 6. Cook Street Coffee 7. Pure Organic Juicery 8. The Bread Basket 9. The Catlow 10. Egg Harbor Cafe 11. M.J. Miller 12. Shakou Barrington
Each work of art interprets one of twelve Biblical events from the story of the first Christmas, from Gabriel’s announcement to Mary through the Wise Men’s presentation of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In many cases, the store setting complements the featured artwork, as with a stunning Ardmore Ceramic piece showing the Wise Men’s gift of gold displayed at M.J. Miller jewelers. Families are invited to EXPLORE, DISCOVER and WALK through 12 stores following a map through the Village of Barrington between December 12th through 24th, 2015.
This Saturday only, the Christmas Art Walk will also host these special, family-friendly events:
- Saturday, December 19th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There will be a live nativity play every 30 minutes with interactive actors impersonating characters and answering questions.
- December 19th at 12 p.m.
Christmas caroling in front of Egg Harbor Cafe at noon
The Christmas Art Walk was conceived in 2013, when Jonahre’s founder, Christine Gunn-Danforth, PhD., was asked to recreate the Passion Art Walk experience she designed to celebrate Easter — this time, telling the story of Christmas. “We want to bring light and connection to the community, and a reminder of the true gift of Christmas,” Christine said. “Jesus was born into a humble village so far away, yet we can use our own Village to bring him into our hearts.”
This year’s walk is sponsored by the following area churches: Barrington United Methodist Church * Church of the Atonement * Immanuel Lutheran Church and School * Living Grace Community Church * The Orchard Evangelical Free Church * Salem United Methodist Church * Saint Anne Catholic Community * St. Matthew Lutheran Church * St. Mark’s Episcopal Church * St. Michael’s Episcopal Church * St. Paul United Church of Christ * The Chapel Barrington Campus * The Community Church of Barrington * Thrive Vineyard Church * Trinity Oaks Christian Academy * Village Church of Barrington * Willow Creek Community Church * Youth For Christ, Barrington
The Jonahre Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Biblical storytelling to life through the arts to transform lives. Its mission is to develop, operate and promote charitable and religious programs to bring truth to reality through Biblical storytelling. For more information, visit ChristmasArtWalk.com, Facebook.com/ChristmasArtWalk and Jonahre.com.