Icon Exhibit Opens

Icon Exhibit

“Mary and the Saints”


St. Paul Church, 4451 Wagner Rd, Dayton, OH 45440
Friday, October 14th : 5-8 PM
Saturday, October 15th: 10 – 5 PM
Sunday, October 16th : Noon – 5 PM

Church Phone: 937-320-9977

email:  FrTed@StPDayton.org

This exhibition features more than 75 rare icons of the Virgin Mary and various other saints commemorated by Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Taken from private collections across the United States, the exhibition will include unique examples from 15th century Medieval Russia, 16th and 17th century Greece, through 19th century Imperial Russia as well as contemporary Icons painted in America. This is a singular opportunity to view prime examples of the spiritual art of the Eastern Orthodox Church as they were originally intended in their appropriate setting. Admission is free. Both self-guided and docent tours will be available.


Zernov explains that icons (obraza in Russian) were, for the Russians, not merely paintings. They were dynamic manifestations of man’s spiritual power to redeem creation through beauty and art. The colors and lines of the obraza were not meant to imitate nature; the artists aimed at demonstrating that men, animals and plants, and the whole cosmos could be rescued from their present state of degradation and restored to their proper ‘Image.’ The obraza were pledges of the coming victory of a redeemed creation over the fallen one.… concrete example[s] of matter restored to its original harmony and beauty, and serving as a vehicle of the Spirit.”    (in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation,  Kindle Loc. 3120-26)

The exhibit is free and open to the public.


The Greek Street Food Truck will be present, selling their fare on Friday evening, October 14, from 5-9pm.


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