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Icon Paintings Reception and Lecture

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Icon Paintings Reception and Lecture

Sunday, June 9

7:00 p.m.

Marek Czarnecki

The Monastery Gallery of Art is pleased to welcome the Six Days of Creation retreat and the exhibition of their icons. The Six Days of Creation is a course in icon painting providing instruction in the art and language of the icon, from the perspective of Orthodox Church tradition. Students use the ancient technique of egg-tempera and palette of gold, semi-precious stones and refined clays. There is a wood carving course as well. The painters and carvers will be in residence from Sunday, June 9- Saturday, June 15.

We invite you to join us for a reception and public lecture on Icons by Marek Czarnecki, teacher and expert on iconography Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery.

Free-will offering. All are welcome. No registration required. 

Anna (Pokrovsky) Gouriev , Iconographer

Anna (Pokrovsky) Gouriev , Iconographer

Presenter Profile


Marek Czarnecki

Marek Czarnecki is a long time-student of Ksenia Pokrovsky and is a major component of the teaching team for the Six Days of Creation courses. A gifted writer and teacher of icon painting, Czarnecki authored the instruction manual for the Six Days of Creation workshops: The Technique and Teaching of Ksenia Pokrovskya (copyright held by Izograph Studio, © 2003).

As an iconographer and artist, he teaches and writes icons out of his liturgical arts studio Seraphic Restorations in Meriden, Connecticut. Czarnecki earned a bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in 1987 from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City and has since exhibited his works in many American and European cities.

Among the honors he has received is the National Council for Polish Culture's Jan de Rosen Artistic Achievement Award. In 2000, he was awarded the Southern New England Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, to continue study under Pokrovsky. Twice he has been awarded the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Painting Fellowship. 

In addition to his work in church restoration and his icon commissions, Czarnecki serves as a community scholar for the Polish immigrant community resettled in the United States. He was featured as a narrator in the public television documentary award "Polish Life in Our Valley," which won the 2004 PBS Best Documentary Award. He was awarded the 2005 Polish American Historical Association's Creative Arts Award. Czarnecki has lectured on sacramental art in American immigrant parishes at the national convention of the National Folklore Society in Rochester, NY.

Czarnecki's icons can be found in the homes and chapels of individuals, as well as churches across the country, including the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, IL. His icon painting has been featured in numerous exhibits, videos and articles, including the New York Times and The Saint Anthony Messenger.