More than 5,500 people have visited this year the Bethlehem Municipal Art Show, promoted by the Department of Culture, which remained open in the exhibition hall "Gregorio Cebrián" during the Christmas and Kings, specifically, from 15 December was officially opened and until January 6, according to sources in this department.
The sample has been made by the master Nativity Francisco Javier Carrillo and with this activity started the program of activities promoted by this Department for these holidays.
This activity was carried out this year under a collaboration agreement with the Association "Friends of Bethlehem Sale Los Pinos" Association for the realization of this activity, novel until now in Totana, amounting to 4,600 euros.
The Bethlehem Municipal has had the visit of numerous school groups and social and neighborhood groups of Totana and individuals in their own right;
but also with the assistance of groups and visitors from various towns in the Guadalentín region, as well as Murcia, Cartagena, Caravaca, Pulpí, Vélez Rubio, Macael, Huércal Overa, Albox and other towns in Alicante, Albacete and Valencia, among others.
In previous years, it has counted on the collaboration of municipal workers for the assembly of said Bethlehem, a circumstance that this year was not given to the lack of trained labor personnel for the execution of said work.
The Association "Friends of Bethlehem Sale The Pines" Association, and more specifically Francisco Javier Carrillo, is a figure of recognized trajectory and experience in the construction and exhibition of nativity scenes in Totana.
This belenística sample consisted of 12 paintings of one square meter each;
which represent "The Annunciation to Mary", "Visitation to St. Elizabeth", "Joseph's dream", "Looking for inn", "The Nativity", "Announcement to the shepherds", "Presentation in the temple", "The Caravan of the Magi "," The Epiphany "," Flight to Egypt "," The decapitation of the innocent "and" The Child among doctors ".
In addition, they integrated 8 fragments of Bethlehem representing "Women in the well", "Announce Mary", "Caravan of the Three Magi", group "The woman a camel", "Announcement to the shepherds" and group of " The Bedouin ".
The exhibition was completed by a panoramic nativity scene measuring 6 meters in length, whose motto is "Gold, frankincense and myrrh", each piece measuring 50 centimeters, whose editing has taken its author almost four months.
The figures of the sample, with a dimension of 50 centimeters, have all been made by him during the last three years and for it new elements of wood, stones, vegetation and expanded polystyrene constructions have been created.
Among the personalities that visited this exhibition were the president of the Spanish Federation of Belenistas, Carles Targó, and the representative of the International Federation of Belenistas, Antoni Garí, who were received during his visit by the mayor of Totana, Andrés García Cánovas.