November 19, 2004 -January 6, 2005
This collection of twentieth-century Polish folk art woodcarvings includes charming portrayals of different elements of the Christmas story, from the Annunciation through the Savior’s childhood. The wonder of the season is reflected in the childlike simplicity, absolute sincerity, and gentle wit of these pieces. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of BYU professor Walter Whipple who began collecting them during his service as the first LDS Mission President in Poland. He visited many artists in tiny villages and large cities, watched them work, listened to their stories, and purchased their best work. Through the following years he assembled one of the most significant collections of contemporary Polish folk art in the United States. To him these pieces radiate reverence, spiritual power, and goodness.