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SPRING IN THE STUDIO

Dear reader,

It's amazing how much changes with a little more sunlight. Around the village the air is suddenly full of songbirds and bees buzzing around their hive—even the rooster has begun to strut. Spring has definitely come to Conestoga.

Likewise, it feels like things are afoot here in the studio. New commissioned icons have been sent off to the UK and to the States, and the icons of Christ and Mary for the Icons at Home project are now under way. In all this, it's a joy to have the seasonal change of new life echoed here inside the studio.

I hope you enjoy reading about some of the new things happening here. And, as always, feel free to share it with others who might be interested.

"A Vision of God's Kingdom from Conestoga"

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NEW MAKING AN ICON VIDEO

People who tour the studio always seem to enjoy hearing about the different processes that are behind the finished icons they see. A lot of this work happens without much fanfare, but it's an important part of the approach and vision the studio is committed to embodying.

Since it's not possible for anyone to see all of these processes, a friend suggested that I create a series of short videos about each step of making an icon. In doing so, a bit of the beauty that goes into an icon that's rarely seen is being shared. While much of this approach is unique to the studio, I hope these videos will be enjoyable and educational to anyone interested in icons.

The first video, about harvesting the wood of the icon, is now released and it can be viewed here: www.conestogaicons.com/videos

UPCOMING ICON PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Workshops and classes from the studio are a unique opportunity to learn about the historic and stylistic vision that informs traditional Orthodox iconography by creating a copy of one of the studio’s icons. In doing so, attendees learn about the skills—like drawing, making egg tempera paint, and gilding—that are part of making an icon. At the end of the workshop, each person will have a small icon of Christ the Pantocrator, made by their own hand, to take home.

Two workshops are currently planned for the summer of 2019—one in Toronto and the other in Regina, Saskatchewan. To find out more, you can visit the studio's website: www.conestogaicons.com/studioworkshops
Sisterhood of St. John the Divine
St. John’s Convent, Toronto, ON.
Sunday, June 30th to Friday, July 5th, 2019.
St Mary the Virgin Church
St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, Regina, SK.
Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th, 2019.

ICONS AT HOME PROJECT

FIRST TWO ICONS OF THE SERIES UNDERWAY

Work has begun on the icons of Christ the Pantocrator and Mary the Theotokos, the first two commissioned works from this special series of icons. In total, sixteen icons are being planned for the rooms of a modern home. All of these icons continue in the studio's practice of using traditional methods and local materials. The whole series will be available as prints. Find out more ...
Icons At Home

NEW ARTICLE

Saint Cyril Lettering
NAMING THE SAINTS IN ENGLISH
The naming of the saints may seem like a trivial matter, but its significance lies in the studio's hope of making the saints present here and now. Consider the example of the recently completed icon of Abba Kyrillos VI, the 116th Patriarch of Alexandria. The icon is named, “St. Cyril the Wonderworker”. People in Egypt only a half century ago called him “Baba Kyrollos”. So, why select the English form of his name? Continue reading ...

A PEEK INTO THE STUDIO

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A little pigment ready to grind into paint.
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Gluing together two new icon panels.
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Mixing the many colours for painting.
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Planing a panel smooth.

ICON PRINTS OF PAUL THE APOSTLE NOW AVAILABLE

Print icon of Saint Paul
Paul remains one of the church's great missionary saints, and is therefore especially loved by many involved in spreading the good news of the faith.

This particular icon is unique—it was commissioned by a gallery to be part of an art exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and so all of the original's pigment colours come from the local village of Londonderry.

A full list of the prints currently available can be found on the studio's website, www.conestogaicons.com.
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