Bishop William Gregg said, “The original icons demonstrate a deep understanding of the inconographic tradition woven with a stretching of that tradition to express the content of the faith in new directions that raise challenges and questions. The reflections are strong, revealing a woman's voice of faith, confidence, courage, determination, and hope. The icons are exquisite. The combination is rich, providing much for pondering, thinking, praying, and then to embody in daily life."
Mary Jane Miller is a full-time artist iconographer for over 25 years, and currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She paints and teaches the ancient Byzantine style art of Icon writing as a prayer form. Her understanding of its spiritual symbologic language and her dedicated skill result in an experience that is deeply meditative as well as artistic. She teaches using traditional medium of egg tempera and gold leaf. Her magnificent and unique studio in Mexico is open by appointment. The Mary Collection and In Light of Women book along with many feast days and celebrated saints are also available to browse on Mary Jane's Websites, San Miguel Icons or Miller Icons
Her work breaks with tradition but the work remains collectible as contemporary, modern catholic icons with a deep message. All Icon Painters understand the beauty and challenge of "Making seen that which is unseen." Miller says, “ I have come to see the world as a metaphor, nearly everything which happens to us is screaming to be understood through the eye of spirit, we just need to reflect long enough to hear the message. The awe of the unexpected opens us up in a moment but its significance can hover throughout our life trying to reveal its great wisdom”.
I have come to see the world as a metaphor, nearly everything which happens to us is screaming to be understood through the eye of spirit, we just need to reflect long enough to hear the message. The awe of the unexpected opens us up in a moment but its significance can hover throughout our life trying to reveal its great wisdom.
The workshop is limited to 18 participants. Sign up now to reserve your spot.
|At St Peters Episcopal Church. Lewes, Delaware||$490 USD|
|At St. Cyprian Episcopal. Lufkin, Texas||$490 USD|
|All materials included in price|
The icon Retreat and icon Workshops begin after everyone is settled in after arrival the night before. We will meet then for introductions and sharing, why are you interested inconography? The icon classes actually begins 9 AM of the first day. Six hours a day of work and meditation. There will be one evening power point presentation of the artists work open to the public. The retreat ends 3 PM on the last day normally a Friday after the blessing of the icons. Each participant will have a finished icon on completion of this retreat.
San Miguel Icons has well written and informative articles on the blog as well as a book store on Millericons.com We have You Tube videos, a store on facebook, linkedin, Gloria TV, Instagram, the CIVA, Episcopal Visual Arts Council and twitter which are all social media platforms to help you get acquainted with the medium, the teacher and the value of modern catholic and byzantine style icons. I have been published in professional Episcopalians, Temple Divine, The Orthodox Review, Faith and Forum, Up Stream People, and our local paper. Books are on Lulu.com and Amazon. The four 5 day icon retreat is an intense workshop, given 4 times a year, Any books are made available to my students, accompanied by a small assortment of icons for purchase. If you would like me to come and lecture at your retreat center, your church, a museum or school, I am available. OR If you want to host me as an instructor for icon painting this would be a pleasure, please use the contact page.