The holiday season has arrived in West Shore Community College’s Manierre Dawson Gallery with a unique exhibit of handmade stylized Santa Clauses from around the world.
The exhibit will be open from Dec. 5 – 9.
Santa’s arrival on the campus is part of a silent auction to benefit student scholarships and is sponsored by the college’s foundation.
All 15 of the handmade figures have been created by foundation board member Zelal Umran and her North Pole friends, including David and Donna Peterson, Doris Gerkowski and Barb Ponzo.
“As a self-taught artist, I have been making many handmade Father Christmas in hopes of creating figurines that will be viewed as a treasured heirloom to be passed from one generation to another. Each face and the hands are meticulously sculpted and painted by me and each has its own unique personality; no two are ever alike. Most are trimmed with recycled vintage furs. The fabrics I use are either wool, silk, felt, mohair, or a blend of material,” said Umran.
Each figure has a description of the materials used in their creation and the country which inspired them.
The highest bidder of each figure will be notified on Mon., Dec. 11.
The gallery, located in the Arts and Sciences Center, is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit will close following the Edgar Struble “Home for the Holidays” evening concert in the Center Stage Theater on Dec. 9.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations