One Christmas morning at the Page house, 3-year old Nancy Lee jumped out of bed and ran to see what Santa Claus had brought. There, among the other presents decorated with red and green ribbon, was her very first collectible "Holiday Barbie."
For every Christmas since, Nancy Page has given her daughter Nancy Lee the year's Holiday Barbie.
After years and years of collecting, the Page's Barbie collection will be on display at the Averitt Center for the Arts. The exhibit, "A Holiday Affair - 25 Years of Barbie," will be shown together with "Seasons of Statesboro," a collection of works by local artist Lindsey Jenkins.
The exhibit opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a party for Barbie fans ages 3 to adult. Admission to the opening is $15 per person; every attendee will receive a $5 discount coupon for admission to one of the upcoming performances of The Nutcracker.
Those who attend the exhibit also can meet a Barbie princess come-to-life, portrayed by Statesboro's Delia Mobley. Other entertainment includes a sneak preview performance of "The Nutcracker" and a chance to meet some of the dancers.
Page thought of the idea to exhibit her collections when she saw the Mozelle Blankenship Nutcracker collection at the Averitt Center a few years ago. She spoke to the center's director, Tim Chapman, and he was very supportive of the idea.
"I never imagined we would have our Barbie collectables on display anywhere other than in my glass case at home," said Page.
Page's collection includes the Happy Holidays Barbie Doll Collection, the 2001 Nutcracker Barbie Series, and the Collector's Edition Classic Ballet Doll Series. She also owns the complete collection of the Hallmark Holiday Barbie ornaments.
Together with Page's collection of dolls and ornaments is Lindsey Jenkins' Seasons of Statesboro exhibit. These commissioned works, inspired by aspects of local Statesboro life, will be displayed in the Averitt Center's second floor Legends Gallery from Nov. 5-30.
Jenkins' artwork and giclees will be for sale on the day of the event.
For more information, call the Averitt Center at 912-212-2787.