About Karen Ward

unnamedKaren Ward, Iconographer, Artist, Art Teacher

Karen Ward completed her Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC in 2009 with a focus on landscape painting.  She is currently working on her Masters of Arts through the St. Stephan’s MA Program at the Antiochian Village located in Ligonier PA.  Her paintings have been exhibited in juried local and national shows in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and she has been represented in various galleries in Virginia. Karen has taught drawing and painting classes for the past twelve years. Many of her students have gone on to exhibit and sell their works in juried shows and in galleries around the area.

For more on Karen visit www.MANDORLA-ARTS.COM

Now accepting commission for icons, she spends her time painting icons and teaching art classes.

About Katherine Quan

unnamedKatherine Quan, Graphic Designer, Iconography Student and Illuminator

Katherine worked as a senior packaging designer for Mattel Toys in Los Angeles and Shell Oil in Houston for several years before relocating to Washington to pursue a Master’s degree in Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute. She is also a freelance graphic designer and is studying iconography under the direction of Colette Kalvesmaki.

An article about Katherine and her work:
visit her website at: www.designqstudio.com.

About Wayne Hajos

94_Close_up_2 Wayne Hajos, Iconographer

Wayne Hajos, a self-taught artist, remembers drawing and studying art at a very young age. By adolescence he was painting in the impressionistic style in oil inspired by Monet and Renoir. Wayne discovered iconography in the 1980s through his study of the early Christian Church. He was strongly drawn to the spiritual path of iconography and the challenge to portray scriptural and spiritual truth with color, line, form and symbol. For the past 25 years, Wayne has studied iconography and developed his skills by learning intently under the instruction of various teachers. His icons are found in private collections, offices and church interiors in the United States and Russia. Wayne paints in Russo-Byzantine style working in acrylic and egg tempera using traditional byzantine techniques on wood panels, canvas and murals.

Wayne is committed to teaching iconography and regularly holds icon workshops for all levels. He makes presentations in churches and educational settings about iconography techniques, theology and history. To learn more about Wayne visit his website at http://waynehajos.com/

An image done by Wayne and an article by Fr. Lawrence Lew-http://lawrenceop.tumblr.com/post/133111159814/today-i-came-across-a-good-article-well-worth


About Richard Christin

St_Nikolas_SMRichard Christin, Architect, Carver

Richard Christin is trained as an architect, painter and sculptor.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1988. As a sculptor, he works in clay, stone and wood. Inspired by the bas-relief sculptures found at cathedrals he visited in Europe, he started carving subjects in bas-relief.  In 2009, after attending a workshop at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he decided to devote his artistic efforts in studying iconography and is actively engaged in reviving the ancient art of carving icons in both wood and stone. His work can be found in churches in both the US and Russia. Since joining The Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Virginia 2014 he can be found carving icons at the Leesburg location and plans to give his first class at The Center for Byzantine Material Arts (to be announced soon).

About Colette Kalvesmaki

Kalvesmaki family iconColette Kalvesmaki,  Iconographer, Art Restorer, Director

Colette M. Kalvesmaki is trained in the tradition of Byzantine-Russian iconography.  She uses traditional materials such as egg tempera, gold on fine woods for panel icons as well as fresco for wall finishes. She graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked as an archaeologist in America and Greece before returning to school to receive a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1993. She moved to Massachusetts to study intensively for three years under the renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. While in Boston, Colette was also trained as an art restorer with Treffler and Sons Art Restoration Studios and in recent years has trained in the Buon Fresco Academy of Wall Artistry, expanding her abilities to a variety of wall finishes.

Colette started The Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Virginia in 2014 and continues to paint, teach and lecture for various Churches, Museums and Universities.  Her work can be found in formal exhibits, churches and private collections in America and internationally.

For more information on Colette and her work, visit www.sacredpresence.com

Brushed with faith by Catholic News Service  —https://youtu.be/GeisvsUDle8

The Holy Apostles—Visualizing a Lost Monument

The Holy Apostles: Visualizing a Lost Monument celebrates the collaborative scholarly endeavor initiated in the early years of Dumbarton Oaks, which had the aim of reconstructing the now lost church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. The project was led by Albert M. Friend, an art historian, and included Glanville Downey, a philologist, and Paul Underwood, an architectural historian. The goal of this interdisciplinary team was a comprehensive three-part publication on the Holy Apostles that would present the architecture, mosaic decoration, and relevant texts that describe the vanished monument. Preliminary findings were presented during the 1948 Dumbarton Oaks symposium on the same subject, but the final results were never published.

At the center of this exhibition are the meticulous drawings executed by Paul Underwood, now preserved in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA). They synthesize the knowledge and ideas of all three scholars, and show a building taking shape from a cube to a cruciform structure complete with colonnades, arches, and domes with detailed mosaic decoration. These drawings are accompanied by additional archival material from ICFA that illustrate the methodology and ideas behind the project, which drew on the scholars’ understanding of key texts by Constantine the Rhodian and Nicholas Mesarites and comparison with other monuments.

The extensive material that resulted from the Holy Apostles project cannot be fully displayed in the on-site exhibit. For further exploration, a booklet and this online exhibition are available.

The exhibition was created on the occasion of the 2015 Spring Symposium on the Holy Apostles in the approach to the seventy-fifth anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks. This symposium aims to complete the task of the early years by assessing the significance of the church, its milieu, and its legacy.