Icons in Transformation

THE EXHIBITION

Icons have served as a form of spiritual inspiration and meditation for centuries. For 1,500 years, their purpose has been to represent the divine in a way that invites the viewer to experience what has been described as a “window to heaven” or a “showing forth of God.”

The icon’s purpose is not to illustrate or decorate, but to represent the divine in a way that beckons the viewer. Traditional icons are painted with a realism that’s loaded with abstraction. Exaggerated large eyes suggest spiritual depth. The lack of spatial depth makes the icon seem aware of the viewer. For 1500 years strict canons of iconography and traditional skills have carefully preserved traditional iconography.

The traveling exhibit, Icons in Transformation, has toured cathedrals and museums in both Europe and the United States. Over 150,000 people in the U.S. have viewed the stunning exhibit. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church gratefully welcomes the acclaimed abstract expressionist artist Ludmila Pawlowska along with over 95 pieces of her artwork.

Ludmila Pawlowska offers a rare opportunity to see both her work and the path of her contemporary vision — derived from traditional Russian icons, their transformative power and painting techniques. Contemporary icons and traditional Russian icons from Vassilevsky Monastery fill Holy Trinity’s nave and other interior spaces. Icons in Transformation presents the mystery and spiritual power of the icon transformed into modern masterpieces of art.

YOUR VISIT

The Icons exhibition will be on display at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, beginning September 8, 2018.

The exhibit will run through January 11, 2019.  It is free to the public.  Guided tours will be conducted every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and every third Saturday from September through December from 9 a.m. to noon.

Other times for viewing the exhibit may be arranged by appointment by calling the church office at 910-484-2134 or emailing the office at admin@holytrinityfay.org.

For a preview video of the exhibit, please click here. 

THE ARTIST

As a Russian-Swedish abstract expressionist, Pawlowska displays a unique, non-traditional iconography. To contrast and to complement her style, the exhibit also includes 15 traditional icons made by iconographers at the Vasilevsky Monastery, Suzdal, Russia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Planned events include presentations about icons from area university professors and art teachers; “Paint with the Saints” painting classes for adults; a jazz concert by the Cumberland Oratorio Singers; a pumpkin art carving where children can carve their favorite saint; Labyrinth meditation walks; a Folk Christmas Cantata by the Sweet Tea Shakespeare Theatrical Company; meditative and prayer-focused yoga classes; and a worship service in song, led by the Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.

 

CALENDAR

Exhibit  Hours with Docent-led  Guided Tours

*Every Wednesday from 12:30 – 2 pm (following 12 pm Eucharist – open to all).

*Every 3rd Saturday September – December from 9 am-12 noon (September 15, October 20, November 17 and December 15).

*Other times by appointment. Contact Janice at (910) 484-2134 or admin@holytrinityfay.org.

 

Saturday, September 8 Artist’s Gala Reception (6-8 pm)

*Evening will include docent-led tours of the exhibit, a reception with generous hors d’oeuvres and music provided by Holy Trinity’s Music Director Dr. Jae Won Kim and her husband, Dr. Mark Tollefsen.

*Artist will be here – come meet Ludmila!

 

Sunday, September 23The Icon in Christianity: Art as a Window to God” (5:30 – 6:15 pm)

*Icons are “windows to God.” This presentation will survey the history and theology behind icons. Icons will also be considered in light of the role of art as a window to the transcendent. Examples of traditional icons will be presented as well as commentary on some of the works in the “Icons in Transformation” exhibition.

 

* Speaker is Michael Potts. Michael is a  Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, and holds the Ph.D. in philosophy from The University of Georgia. He is widely published in his field, with an edited anthology, a practical guidebook to philosophy, 23 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as encyclopedia articles and book reviews. He also has written three novels and published two collections of poetry, and has numerous poems and two stories published in literary journals. He lives with his wife, Karen, and eight cats in Coats, North Carolina.

 

*Prior to the presentation, R Burger will serve dinner 4:30-5:30 pm. Cost for dinner is approximately $7-9/person.

 

Thursday, October 4 Yahweh Yoga (6 – 7 pm) and Labyrinth Walk (7 – 9 pm)

*YHWH (Yahweh) yoga is a mindful movement yoga class. This is a community based multi-level class meaning all levels and abilities are welcome.  We focus on breathing and simple centering prayer throughout the class. YHWH are the only consonants in the Hebrew alphabet that are not articulated with the tongue, but rather breathed.  This goes well with yoga principles as we yoke the breath with movement. 

*Instructor is Nancy Brake, a cradle Episcopalian, the daughter of an Episcopal priest and the granddaughter of the Bishop of NC who served from 1927 to 1959.  She is an ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist and has worked many years in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.  She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2014 at Embrace Yoga Studio in Fayetteville, NC.  Since that time she has attended numerous trainings in Yoga for Athletes, Thai Yoga Therapy and Therapeutic Yoga. Her “day” job is teaching Anatomy and Physiology as well as Physical Education classes at Sampson Community College in Clinton, NC. 

*Bring your own yoga mat.

* Labyrinth walk – to enhance Holy Trinity’s monthly Labyrinth Walks, visitors and parishioners alike are welcome to walk the labyrinth set into the floor of Holy Trinity’s worship space during the exhibit.  Walkers may use the art as inspiration for deeper connection with the Divine, or as a place to rest one’s attention during their walk.  

 

Friday, October 5   Paint with the Saints I (6 – 9 pm)

*Local artist and art teacher Deborah Reavis will lead this adult only “blank canvas to finished artwork” class.  Deborah holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University.  She has been teaching art for 26 years and currently  oversees the Fine Arts department and teaches grades 8-12 at the Fayetteville Academy. She uses a wide variety of mediums to make everything from ceramic sculptures to detailed paintings. Deborah loves working with and meeting new people.

*What a fun way to create memories and masterpieces. Local artist, Deborah Reavis, will guide you through the evening, stroke-by-stroke.

*Participants will take home a finished 12 x 16 piece of art. DIY your own version.

*Bring your own adult sip and snacks and we’ll provide the canvases, paint and paintbrushes.

* Maximum attendance – 40

*Deadline to register – Friday, September 28.

*Per person fee – $30. RSVP to Janice at (910) 484-2134 or mail check to: 1601 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28305.

 

Sunday, October 14 Real Yoga for Real People  (4 – 5 pm)

*Instructor is Kasmin Davis. Kasmin is a practicing veterinarian and is a 500 hour certified Viniyoga teacher. Viniyoga emphasizes deeply breath-centric postures which then prepare the physiology for breathing practices, the mind for meditation and the heart for prayer.

*Yoga on the labyrinth.

*Bring your own yoga mat.

 

Friday, October 19A Night of Jazz (7:30 pm)

*Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and has its roots in blues and ragtime. The Cumberland Oratorio Singers (COS) will present A Night of Jazz featuring works of George Gershwin, Jimmy van Heusen, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and others.  Come out and hear COS celebrate this American art form as we celebrate our jazz roots!  Concert ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students with school ID.

 

Sunday, October 28 Jazz Mass (5 pm)

*All are welcome to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with music amongst the icons, led by Rev. Skip Walker and the Skip Walker band.

 

Thursday, November 1 Labyrinth Walk (7 – 9 pm)

*To to enhance Holy Trinity’s monthly Labyrinth Walks (Insert LINK TO LABYRINTH PAGE), visitors and parishioners alike are welcome to walk the labyrinth set into the floor of Holy Trinity’s worship space during the exhibit.  Walkers may use the art as inspiration for deeper connection with the Divine, or as a place to rest one’s attention during their walk. 

 

Sunday, November 3 Pumpkins and Pizza (4 pm)

*Join us to carve your favorite Saint on a pumpkin!  The finished products will decorate the Holy Trinity sanctuary on All Saints Sunday.  Weather permitting, we will gather in the courtyard of Holy Trinity and a pizza supper will follow carving.  This is a great event for dads and kids, or anyone!  Pumpkins and pizza provided. Bring your own carving utensils. Cost is $15 per family. Please RSVP to Janice at (910) 484-2134 or mail      check to: 1601 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28305.

 

Sunday, November 4 Evensong  (5 pm)

*Schola Cantorum will sing a service of Evensong in the sanctuary at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina is made up of members from all over the Diocese including a few members from the Diocese of North Carolina as well. The mission of Schola Cantorum is to promote the tradition of choral evensong and music of the Anglican tradition. Schola acts as a musical ambassador of the Diocese of East Carolina and beyond in churches large and small. The group dates back to 1990. Schola Cantorum has been in residence at Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester England and at the Liverpool Cathedral. The group has sung at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Washington National Cathedral, St. Bartholomew’s and Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City with past participation also at St. John the Divine in New York for the St. Francis Day Earth Mass. Kevin Kerstetter, Organist and Choirmaster at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh is the Music Director of the group.

*Evensong dates back to the days of King Henry VIII. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Queen Mary, helped structure the service of Evensong. Evensong was largely a product of the Protestant Reformation, but its earliest forms go back to the earliest days of the Christian Church and even to the Jewish Synagogue. (From Project Canterbury).

Today, Evensong is a sung service of evening prayer. It includes Preces, Responses, the Lord’s Prayer, one or more Psalms, Bible readings that are followed by a sung Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, an anthem, three Collects, and one or more hymns.

 

Friday, November 16Paint with the Saints II (6-9 pm)

*Did you miss the first Paint with the Saints event?  Did you LOVE the first one and want to do a new painting?  You are invited to try out your painting skills under the tutelage of local artist Deborah Reavis. Deborah holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University.  She has been teaching art for 26 years and currently oversees the Fine Arts department and teaches grades 8-12 at the Fayetteville Academy. She uses a wide variety of mediums to make everything from ceramic sculptures to detailed paintings. Deborah loves working with and meeting new people.

*Participants will take home a finished 12 x 16 piece of art. DIY your own version.

  *Bring your own adult sip and snacks and we’ll provide the canvases, paint and paintbrushes.

* Maximum attendance – 40

*Deadline to register – Friday, November 9.

*Per person fee – $30. RSVP to Janice at (910) 484-2134 or mail check to: 1601 Raeford Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28305.

 

Sunday, November 18 Real Yoga for Real People  (4 – 5 pm)

*Instructor is Kasmin Davis. Kasmin is a practicing veterinarian and is a 500 hour certified Viniyoga teacher. Viniyoga emphasizes deeply breath-centric postures which then prepare the physiology for breathing practices, the mind for meditation and the heart for prayer.

*Yoga on the labyrinth.

*Bring your own yoga mat.

 

Thursday, December 6 – Saturday, December 8 Behold ( 7 pm)

*Behold, A Folk Christmas Cantata, is an annual production of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and is hosted in the sanctuary at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (LINK TO SWEET TEA MAYBE).  Join us as we celebrate the Season.  You will delight in sights and sounds and leave with a more open heart. 

 

Thursday, December 13 – Saturday, December 15Behold (7 pm)

*Behold, A Folk Christmas Cantata, is an annual production of Sweet Tea Shakespeare and is hosted in the sanctuary at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (LINK TO SWEET TEA MAYBE).  Join us as we celebrate the Season.  You will delight in sights and sounds and leave with a more open heart. 

 

Thursday, January 3Labyrinth Walk (7 – 9 pm)

*To to enhance Holy Trinity’s monthly Labyrinth Walks (Insert LINK TO LABYRINTH PAGE), visitors and parishioners alike are welcome to walk the labyrinth set into the floor of Holy Trinity’s worship space during the exhibit.  Walkers may use the art as inspiration for deeper connection with the Divine, or as a place to rest one’s attention during their walk.