Iconography exhibit - NEW ICONOGRAPHY DISPLAY IN VOSKUYL LIBRARY On Aug 21 Westmonts Voskuyl Library houses a set of stunning icons by class of 79 alum


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NEW ICONOGRAPHY DISPLAY IN VOSKUYL LIBRARY On Aug. 21, Westmont’s Voskuyl Library houses a set of stunning icons by class of ‘79 alum Dorothy Alexander in her exhibit “Prayer in Pigment,” a look into Orthodox Icongraphy. Dorothy Alexander is the wife of Dana Alexander, Director of Life Planning at Westmont. and Both are members of the Antiochian Orthodox Church. After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Westmont, Alexander lived overseas in Oxford, England and Hong Kong until returning to Santa Barbara in 2003. While abroad, she continued to take art courses and hone her skills, including ten years of training in Chinese brush painting. She first became interested in iconography in 2005 when she describes seeing the icons in St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church and saying to herself, "When I grow up I want to be an iconographer. I was 48 years old at the time but I believe we are always growing!” A year later, Alexander joined the Antiochian Orthodox Church and began studying “egg tempera iconography in the Prosopon School, Iconofile (fresco) and with Beckett Studio.” An iconography artist must follow a strict procedure, including having art blessed and prayed over by a bishop. This may include specific prayers including prayers for focus and strength. These guidelines work to inspire spiritual power through the hand of the artist as she depicts a holy figure or event. “The process of making an icon begins with prayer, is bathed in prayer, and is finished with prayer,” explains Alexander. Throughout the process, she prays the Jesus Prayer for the person who has commissioned her and for God to guide her hand. Painting icons “restores my soul and brings me peace” Alexander said. Alexander said her icons will fulfill what she believes is her highest calling as an artist “to compel someone to pray.”
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  • Fall '13
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  • greek orthodox church, Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, Church of Cyprus, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Dorothy Alexander

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