We have many new changes to look forward to this year — we have outgrown our current space for icon guild meetings!! Our new guild home is:
The Shrine of St. Anthony — 12290 Folly Quarter Road — Ellicott City, MD 21043 www.shrineofstanthony.org
Our meetings times have changed to 1:00pm to 6:00pm — Daily Mass is 12 noon daily for those who wish to attend prior to our meeting. We meet the LAST Saturday of each month with the exception of Saturday, March 28, 2015 when we will meet at the Clayground in Ellicott City (more information on this in another post but please see the link above titled GUILD MEETINGS) and November 28, 2015 when the Shrine holds its annual festivities to prepare for Advent. We will attend the festivities as opposed to our regularly scheduled meetings. After each guild meeting, we join together for dinner at Great Sage Vegan Restaurant (www.greatsage.com) for those who wish to attend.
We are adding guest speakers to our roster! More to come on this as invited speakers respond to our request to talk about icons. We enjoyed the lecture given by Wayne Hajos this past meeting. Wayne spoke of the Festival of Lights/Theophany Icon and the Four Levels of Perspectives. Students took notes and as soon as we have them in form, we’ll post Wayne’s lecture.
We’d also like to thank Wayne for bringing his books to share with us — Russian Icon Designs Volume I and II by Gleb Markelov. The books are out of print and though we’ve scoured the web to find copies, no luck … however, this morning, Wayne blessed us with the set!! GOD BLESS YOU, WAYNE! The volumes each have 500 canonical tracings and transfers of the 15th to 19th centuries. This collection is of paramount importance to our continuing studies of the icon. Later we’ll post a bit of information contained within the volumes and perhaps an illustration or two? Students will have the opportunity to see and read the volumes at our next meeting, February 28, at The Shrine of St. Anthony.
Another wonderful book finally arrived (one can never have enough books to share?) “The Russian Icon from its origins to the Sixteenth Century” by *Viktor Nikitich Lazarev (September, 1897–February, 1976). One hundred and forty three color plates with desciptions take up three quarters of the book with the front quarter reserved for historical writings about the icons. A brief snippet of the forward explains what the book covers; “Viktor Lazarev deliberately followed these chronological limits, since the “Golden Age” of icon painting in Russia was the 14th and 15th century, after which followed a rapid decline. In a clear and intelligible form, using extensive scholarly material, Lazarev describes the birth of the Russian national painting on wood plate, the technique and aesthetics of Russian icons, the main schools of icon painting, and discusses the work of significant artists.”
Last but not least is another wonderful surprise, arriving about 3pm during our meeting on January 31, 2015 — YES!! It’s HERE! The Archangel Michael Icon for Beginners book!!!!!!!! We purchased 30 copies and were told they would not arrive until mid-February. Anthony and his brother Alexander, the sons of Amy Bell, were playing in the front yard when the postal worker delivered the books while we were listening to Wayne’s lecture. Very quietly, the boys brought the box into the house and placed it on a chair. Such gentlemen!
This is the booklet that is the companion to the DVD filmed by Yevgeniy Vaskevich at our Icon Workshop with Vladislav Andrejev in October!! We are so excited to have them! Ten books were sold right away. If you’d like a copy, please contact me. We will have the books for sale at our next workshop with Vladislav in April. The DVD is as yet, unfinished, though as soon as I have the release date–we’ll post it here.
The book has spaces for note-taking, color charts and examples of roskrysh, this book is an invaluable addition to any iconographers collection whether a beginner or advanced student.