Special events

Behind the Exhibit: An exclusive invitation by Dumbarton Oaks, Nov 4th at 10 am

August 2nd, 2017 by

Dumbarton Oaks and the Center for Byzantine Material Arts presents:

“Behind the Exhibit”

An exclusive opportunity to go behind the scenes of the regular museum display to see and study objects not normally seen. This is a continuation of the Ivory Lecture  held at the Center for Byzantine Material Arts by Dr. Gudrun Buehl, Museum Director and Curator of the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. 

When: Nov 4th, Saturday at 10am

Address1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007(museum entrance)

We ask for everyone to meet in the museum entrance at Dumbarton Oaks before 10. 

Maximum of 10 students.

Suggested donation: $25.

Sign up now!



Encaustic Iconography Course of the Sinai Pantocrator -September 23/24

May 5th, 2017 by

In this intensive course we will study how our predecessors worked in wax for the first years of Christendom on the very famous Pantocrator icon.  We will focus mostly on the bust of this icon as working in wax is quite different from most mediums.  Along with technique, we will also take a look at its history and theology.   The Christ Pantocrator of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Sinai is one of the oldest and most famous Byzantine icons, dating from the sixth century AD.[1  It is regarded by historians and scholars to be one of the most important and recognizable works in the study of Byzantine art

When: September 23 and 24th Sat/Sun.  Sat at 10-4pm, Sun 1-6.

Where: The Center for Byzantien Material Arts in Washington DC

Cost: $300 +supplies. $50 non-refundable fee to sign up and $30 for supplies

Class closes September 15th.

This course will only be done in in wax.   No gilding will be possible -need more time, but if students want to gild we will offer a special day of gilding the following Saturday or set up a time for individual students when convenient for them. (Gold instruction cost will be an additional $125). Please let instructor know when signing up.

To sign up go to:


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Sign-ups close September 13th.

Supplies:  We will be using  the cold wax method. Supplies include the clear and colored cold wax, mixing tools, turpinoid,  pigments, transfer paper, color copy,  hot plate (if needed) and a flat panel-9 x 12 for the icon.

You will need to bring some supplies . . . WHAT TO BRING: pencil, eraser,  scissors, small glass rinsing jar, paper towels, glass mixing palette (we have 2 in the shop if you want to buy it there, let me know.  You can just use a think piece of glass however).  BRUSHES: Hog brush: flat 1″  or 1/2″ wide and rounds; Hog brush: #1, and #3, a #1 liner if you have one . . .

For more questions contact Colette – paraskeve@gmail.com

MAKE-UPS: Every day of instruction presupposes knowledge of the days that precede it. If you can’t make a day, we can finish the icon at a later appointment. Call for questions.

Student Exhibit for the Center for Byzantine Material Arts Oct-Dec 2017

May 5th, 2017 by

Calling all students of Wayne Hajos, Karen Ward and Colette Kalvesmaki!

‘Meet the Artist Night’ will be held for all of you October 29th, 5:30-8 pm.

The Center for Byzantine Material Arts is hosting our first Student Icon Exhibit which can include other icons and drawings of icons you have done since our instruction (all items entered must line up with the Center’s mission).

Deadline for entry: Oct 1st

We ask that everyone fill out the paperwork which will be sent upon request  and send back with photos of your work and entry fee.

Cost:$25 to enter up to 3 icons and $25 to enter up to 3 more and so on for processing.  This is a donation and tax deductible.    Please send paperwork and check to CBMA, 716 Monroe St NE #7, Washington DC 20007, drop it by the studio.

We need all your works at the studio by Oct 11th before 7 pm.  Volunteers to help hang would be most welcome!

Pick-up: You can pick up your items anytime after the show concludes and when we are open after Dec 30th, but all must be picked up by Jan 9th, unless other arrangements have been made.  All payments will be made to artisans by Jan 10th.

All art work can be brought to the same location, with your name on the back of the piece and hanging ready.

For sales the Center asks 25% of the sales on top of entry fee, although not all pieces need to be for sale.

Included in the paperwork, we will need a short bio on each participant (small paragraph), names of each piece, medium, size and cost.  We will have fliers for all participants to give to friends, family and churches. Make sure they are hanging ready.

Send all inquiries to paraskeve@gmail.com or call 301 977 7297 or 301 977 7297.


2017 Programs Through December

May 10th, 2017 by



NOW through December 31: Kickstarter/Indiegogo Campaign—Tell your friends! Help us bring great programs on Iconography to your neighborhood! Lectures, Courses, films and seminars. See website for more information.


September 1st, at 6 pm First Friday Lecture Series: a special showing of the Andre Rublev movie “Andre Rublev” by Tarkovsky. $10 donation.

September 23–24; Sat.10am–4pm, Sun 1-6: Encaustic/Wax Course of the Sinai Pantocrator—Two intensive days using a cold wax method. No gilding possible during the workshop, but we can set up a special gilding day after. Course taught by Colette Kalvesmaki. $300 + $30 (supplies).

 September 30th Drawing II Course with Karen Ward. Friday 10-4 Cost: $130



October 6, 7pm: First Friday lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10

October 13 Opening–December 30: Student Exhibition—Calling All Students of Wayne Hajos, Karen Ward and Colette Kalvesmaki! We are hosting our first icon exhibit which can include other icons and drawings of icons you have done since your instruction. Deadline for entry: October 1st.

October 14-Intensive Drawing Class I for beginners with Karen Ward.  Time:Saturday at 10-4.  Cost $130.00.

October 27, Friday at 5:30–8pm: Student Exhibition  Reception—A special reception will be held to honor our first student icon exhibit. Invite your friends, neighbors, church members, co-workers and family!

October 28, Saturday at 10am–1pm: Beginning Gilding Course—Join us for four hours of instruction learning the various types of gilding used in Iconography and other contexts. $135. Course taught by Colette Kalvesmaki.


November 3rd, 7pm. First Friday lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10

November 4th, Sat.  10am: Dumbarton Oaks Behind the Exhibit—An exclusive invitation by Dumbarton Oaks to go behind the scenes to see and handle their artifacts, not normally seen by the public This is a continuation of the Ivory Lecture held at CBMA by Dr. Gudrun Buehl; Head Curator of Dumbarton Oaks Museum Collections. Maximum of 10 students. Suggested donation: $25. Sign up now!


December 1st, 7pm First Friday lecture by a scholar or artist. Suggested donation: $10

December 2nd, 11am–12:30pm: St. Nicholas Children’s Story and Craft Day