. . . and it probably still is. Just way more work than anticipated.
I am organizing an icon exhibit at a local Catholic gift/book store. The theme is “The Holy Saints”.
I have gathered up the work of 7 iconographers, with the possibility of a last-minute 8th contributor. It was exciting to discover that there were that many iconographers in the general area. There are 18 icons (and maybe 20 if that elusive 8th iconographer agrees to lend his work). The exhibit will run for 3 weeks. I will install the icons this Friday for the Grand Opening on the 21st. Our hope is to educate local faith communities about icons–and to bring together Orthodox and Catholic people, with the Holy Images as a bridge.
So, instead of painting–or blogging–I have been typing up lists and descriptions, writing copy for advertising, making a flyer, making handouts for the exhibit, typing up little explanatory blurbs for each icon, and so on. Who knew? I foolishly thought I’d just get some icons together and go hang ’em up! This will be a very nice exhibit, with speakers/presentations, and a very nice variety of styles and techniques. It is work, but it is a joyous, purposeful work that has been a blessing to all involved.