GATHERING ON BROAD STREET - 4TH IN A SERIES NEW BERN ORNAMENT
This 4th in a Series New Bern ornament by New Bern Artist, Janet Dixon, is a Limited Edition of 700 ornaments.
Artist's Statement and Inspiration for this year's ornament:
Inspiration for this year’s ornament came slowly. It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic. Thinking of something that I miss and love is what I wanted to convey. I have wanted these ornaments to be a reminder of the joy and hope of Christmas.
In some ways, last year’s ornament, “Angels Watching Over New Bern”, would have been fitting for this year as well. While we have had our share of COVID cases, so far, as I write this, we have been spared the large numbers of cases reported in other areas. It feels that angels have again watched over our town.
But as I prayed and thought about this year, I thought of the things we miss most as we suffer through this crisis. I thought about how much I’ve missed visiting my kids and my grandchildren during this time. I thought how much I’ve missed going to my church to worship, and how I’ve missed just getting together with friends. My husband told me of the first-time grandmother who couldn’t go see her daughter and new grandchild at the hospital because of COVID. I thought of people who can’t go see their elderly friends and relatives in the senior care homes and the residents of those homes who have so missed seeing their loved ones.
They say that pain and suffering is often a reminder of what is most important. I think most of us will agree that the hardest thing about this crisis is that we have not been able to be together with the people who matter most in our lives.
That is the inspiration for this year’s ornament. Togetherness. All of us long to gather together again with those we love.
This year’s ornament, “Gathering on Broad Street” is a vision of both nostalgia and hope. Nostalgia for what we have enjoyed in the past and often taken for granted, and hope, that soon we will be able to gather together again with friends, neighbors, and family.