Mosaic Newsletter 25 November 2018

Dear Friend,
This time we have very few news, and the first one is about.... 

Exhibition of icons and other spiritual images1. EXHIBITION in Melbourne - Visions of Beauty 2019!
Such a shame I have forgotten to announce it in our previous issue, - hope it's not too late, here I am doing it:
!!! Welcome to participate in Visions -2019 in Melbourne !!!
As always we feel deeply grateful to ACU for another possibility to use the Visual Arts area for our workshops, therefore we invite all our students, colleagues and friends, who have a possibility to bring own works to show.

We should begin installation on Saturday, 12th of January 2019 in the morning, usually it's something around 10 or 11 AM at Brunswick street 26, Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia. If you plan to bring your image (and/or object), make sure it has a hook or anything else to hang it on the wall and please, email us the title in advance, so we may print out all labels together so they look uniform. 
Choosing works for the exhibition we give our preference to larger scale pieces. Those, who have already participated, remember, - we do our best to include all the images/sculptures/objects in the show, but we can not guarantee that everything you bring will be exhibited.

Besides, if you have a chance to spread the word and share information about the exhibition, we kindly ask you to share and invite those who can come on Monday 14th of January, towards the end of the Workshop day, around 5 PM.
The flyer is uploaded to our website and it is available here:
PDF: www.sacredmurals.com/exhibitions-of-icons/visions_2019.pdf (12.5 Mb)

JPG: www.sacredmurals.com/exhibitions-of-icons/visions_2019.JPG 

2. THE ASSIST GILDING WORKSHOP in Melbourne still has some spots. Welcome to join us, - we will investigate possibilities gold provides to an iconographer and try to get as good as we can in Assist Gilding.

We have had some positive responses after publishing the Bibliography for iconographers, so we continue. This particular list of books was shared by our friend, student and fellow iconographer Alexandra Irini from Melbourne.
In addition to this, I have asked Todor Mitrovic to share his list... he did... well, maybe not actually "his"... but it was a cool answer to my question - a link to a Book-Search-Engine! Look what he shared: http://b-ok.cc/s/?q=byzantine+art&yearFrom=&yearTo=&language=&extension=&t=0
Mosaic image of archangel Michael by Philip Davydov
I shall ask him to shorten the list! 

 As previously, we invite you and all our subscribers and friends to share with us the titles of your most favorite books - most decent and serious studies, as well as uncomplicated and well reasoned original books, worth to be shared with everybody. They should help people to enter the world of Christian iconography and to see right benchmarks and values right from their very first steps, as well as those, fitting professionals' needs, helping to understand own work in a deeper way.

4. ONE MORE MOSAIC is finished!
This image of Archangel Michael is made with marble, granite, golden mirror and tumbled glass. I love making this kind of mosaic because I am thrilled to see how different materials interact. The surface can be so material and so immaterial at the same time, rich in textures and colors. The most intriguing for me is the moment of planning, - simply dropping some pieces of glass and stones on paper side by side and looking at them, checking, if they coop well. And by cooping I mean all their qualities, - what they add to the future image, how they render it's essential idea, whether they help or not

5. CALENDAR 2019. We are thrilled to share our local news!

Calendar with Christian graphics by Olga Shalamova

44 X 31 cm ( 18 X 12.5 inches).

Published by Feodorovsky cathedral (Saint Petersburg, Russia) with introduction by Archipriest Alexander Sorokin and translated by Paul Williams

UPDATE: We had to close the sale after 3 days - the calendar is sold out. As an alternative, we have uploaded one of the pages to FineartAmerica, - it's available for print: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-magi-on-their-way-olga-shalamova.html?newartwork=true

6. INFORMATION FROM OUR FRIENDS. A couple of days ago we were asked by two of our friends, to help them to promote their events through our Newsletter. Here they are:


Summer Program VISIONS OF BEAUTY 2019.
The Centre for Science, Religion & Philosophy Programs (SRPh) St. Petersburg, Russia http://www.srph.ru  together with the Viriditas Contemporary Art Studio, Melbourne, Australia, will host a 10 Day Program on “Introduction to Russian Iconography” during a pilgrimage to the cities of  Moscow, 
Great Novgorod, and St. Petersburg.The Program will be in English.

To learn more and apply for the Program, please contact Russian Program Co-Ordinator:  Dr. Natalia Pecherskaya ( natalia.pecherskaya@gmail.com ) or Australian Co-Ordinator:  Margaret Broadbent rsm  ( margaret.broadbent@mercy.org.au )  


final call to join us for our unique tour of Early Christian Art. If you consider going, please contact me before December 15. We will spend two unforgettable, engaging and educational weeks in Italy from March 25 to April 6, 2019. During that period we are planning to visit most of the important sites where Early and Earliest Christian Art remains: from Catacombs to Romanesque Cathedrals, from Earliest "baptized" Roman Art to high class Byzantine Mosaics. Join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/309962509554632/


Wishing everybody lots of creative energy and time for it!,

With warmest regards,
Philip (and Olga)