Dear Fellow Iconographers:
Even through the freezing temperatures and snow storms, Icons are still being made in New York! I’m about half way through the series of large Icons for Saint Vincent’s Catholic Church in Albany. There are eight panels, 4’x3′ in egg tempera with gold leaf gilding, of Holy people- some of them like Dorothy Day, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Louise De Marillac, Pope John XXIII, and Kateri, have not often been portrayed through Iconography. It’s exciting! And exactly what I’m interested in -creating Icons for contemporary (within the last 150 years) Holy people who perhaps have not had Icons created of them yet. Here are a few work-in progress photos: Saints Louise de Marillac, Rose of Lima and St. Francis drawing, and Pope John XXIII.
CURRENT AND UPCOMING ICON WRITING CLASSES
Albany: Ongoing Advanced Iconography Workshop, meets weekly, Monday evenings 6- 9pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Albany, NY
Hillsdale: Christian Community Church, Hillsdale, NY, Beginning Icon Writing Class, Thursday evenings 6-9pm
New York City: Saint James Episcopal Church, NYC, Introduction to Icon Writing Retreat, Fri-Sun, February 20-22.
Troy, New York, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Introduction to Icon Writing Wednesdays 2-5PM, Feb. 25-March 25
The Museum of Russian of Icons is having an exhibition of Ethiopian Icons from January 23 through April 18. We hope to have a field trip sometime in March.
Recommended book of this month: Danny Silk: Culture of Honor-Sustaining a Supernatural Environment.
Until next month, Blessings and prayers,
Christine Simoneau Hales