International Exhibition ICONS IN TRANSFORMATION Coming to Huntsville
The Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Huntsville, AL is to host ICONS IN TRANSFORMATION, an exhibition featuring approximately 90 pieces created by acclaimed contemporary artist Ludmila Pawlowska. This remarkable exhibition has toured cathedrals and museums in both Europe and the United States. It will be on display at Nativity, 208 Eustis Avenue, February 23 – April 20, 2014.
As its only venue in Alabama, Nativity offers this exhibition as a gift to the community. Weekday hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Docents will be present to answer questions and guide guests. Group tours can be arranged by calling Wimberley Watts at 256-755-3980 or by email to [email protected]
Icons and Art
Traditional and modern icons are sometimes described as “windows to heaven” or a “showing forth of God.” An icon’s purpose is to represent the divine in a way that beckons the viewer. The focus is on what the viewer sees through the icon rather than on the icon itself. Ludmila’s art presents a contemporary expression of this ancient form. Her works incorporate a focus on eyes, deep reds and blues, textures achieved with dramatic layers of paint, metallic surfaces such as gold leaf, and small objects.
The pieces vary greatly in size--from very large double-sided panels (4 ft. x 8 ft.) hanging from the arches in the nave, to moderate size works throughout the church. A dazzling collection of smaller square icons, positioned on pedestals, will fill Nativity’s Bibb Chapel. The exhibition will also include some large-scale sculptures. Works are to be available for purchase.
This dramatic offering can also serve as a powerful enhancement to the journey through the Lenten season undertaken by many faith communities.
Events during the exhibition will include
● March 8, 10:00 am – Noon, ICONS ART DAY FOR CHILDREN
● March 9, YOUTH ART GATHERING
● March 11, 12:05 p.m., a short Lenten service and homily featuring Father Kevin Millsaps of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Constantine and St. Helen, Huntsville, AL
● March 19, 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., dinner with 6:00 p.m. program by Dr. Julia Gatta, School of Theology, Sewanee, TN
● March 29, 5:00 p.m., concert by Cantare Vocal Ensemble
● April 2, 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., dinner with 6:00 p.m. program by Fr. Paul Costopoulos, Dean of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Birmingham, AL
(Additional events may be scheduled - you may check the Nativity web site nativity.dioala.org)
Meals may be reserved for some of these events by calling 256-533-2455.
For More Information
For more information about the exhibition and related activities, or a poster for your bulletin board, please contact Virginia Caruso (phone 256-508-9142 or email [email protected]
) or Helen Vaughn (256-534-4202 or email [email protected]