The seventh annual Pittsburgh Szopka Exhibition and Polish Holiday Reception will be held on Sunday December 13th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the William Pitt Student Union of the University of Pittsburgh, Oakland. The exhibition is sponsored by The Polish Falcons of America.
Here is a description of szopka from an article in the Pitt Chronicle about last year’s exhibit: “Originally built as Medieval puppet theaters in the churches of Cracow, Poland, the szopka (“shop-kah”)—or Cracow crèche—is now a revered holiday tradition in the Cracow region. The szopka combines everyday materials, such as wood, cardboard, foiled paper, and ribbon to make whimsically ornate architectural structures, ranging in size from a few inches to several feet. Unlike the traditional Western nativity scene, the szopka portrays historical buildings from Cracow.”
Twenty-two artists will be represented in the exhibition. In addition, there will be Polish music and food. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-922-2244.