Gallery of Artists

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

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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

An image done by Wayne and an article by Fr. Lawrence Lew-


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).

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.

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