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A BUSY BEGINNING FOR 2019

Dear reader,

January was a busy (and cold!) month here in the studio. Besides the deadline of finishing an icon in time for Anthony the Great's feast, there was also the chance to speak with Elissa Bjeletich on Everyday Orthodox, and see the icon prints end up in some new places. Two new articles were also published on the site that share some of the thinking behind what's happening here in Conestoga. One of these was written by a friend, Brett Slote, around the assumption of the title, "saint" and it raises a lot of good points to consider around naming an icon.

I hope you enjoy reading about everything that's happening in the studio. Please feel free to share it with others who might be interested.

"A Vision of God's Kingdom from Conestoga"

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EVERYDAY ORTHODOX INTERVIEW

It was a joy to talk with Elissa Bjeletich on Ancient Faith Radio last month. I've enjoyed listening to her program over the past year, and the invitation to speak was wonderful. As always, Elissa was engaging and perceptive in her questions. If you didn't hear the program live, you can still listen to it as a podcast on the Ancient Faith Website.
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ICON PRINTS IN PUBLIC

This month has seen icon prints from the studio ending up in some new places. Earlier this month, my friends at Artefacts in St. Jacobs were kind enough to provide a table for a number of icons to stand on. By month's end, Elias and Ghada from E&G Bakery in Elora set aside some wall space for them. I'm grateful to all my friends and supporters who have been spreading the word about these prints.
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Ghada, from E&G Bakery in Elora, holding a print icon of Saint Cecilia.
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Icon prints amid the beautiful objects collected by Chris and Scott at Artefacts in St. Jacobs.

PAINTING FOR ICONS AT HOME PROJECT STARTING IN FEBRUARY

Beginning with the icons of Christ the Pantocrator and Mary the Theotokos typically found in a home's Prayer Corner, this series of icons is being created for sixteen rooms of the modern home. These icons are being commissioned by people across Canada, and continue in the studio's practice of using traditional methods and local materials. The whole series will be available as prints. Find out more ...
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NEW ARTICLES

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THE TITLE “SAINT”

Today, it is taken for granted that the title, “saint,” must prefix any saint’s name. Failure to do so seems highly disrespectful. This is our culture, and must be respected, but it must also be examined ...
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THE BLESSING OF ICONOGRAPHIC STYLE

When it comes to Orthodox iconographers, the question of style is a difficult one. Wanting to affirm the living tradition of iconography, we can instead be circumscribed by a dead traditionalism. This struggle involves every member of the Church ...
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A PEEK INTO THE STUDIO

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Carefully sanded bole for the icon.
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Painting the under-layer of the icon.
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Gilding for the icon of Saint Anthony.
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Mixing the many colours for painting.

NEW ICON OF ANTHONY THE GREAT

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Painting this icon of Anthony the Great was full of wonderful challenges. It was commissioned by a young, Coptic couple. Finding the best way to celebrate the saint's cultural ethnicity with a desire to embody him here in Canada led to many drawings and many discussions. The result is an icon that perfectly represents the vision of the studio.

Thank you to all the friends who helped with their time, support and wisdom.
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