Gallery Openings and Events

The Washington Drawing Center Presents Sacred Presence by Colette M. Kalvesmaki

Photo courtesy of the Washington Drawing Center.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Drawing Center.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, April 24 from 6pm to 8pm

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Exhibit on view April 10-28.

Colette M. Kalvesmaki is an iconographer trained in the Byzantine/Russian tradition. She uses traditional materials such as egg tempera and gold on fine woods for her panel icons and fresco and mosaics for wall finishes. She graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked as an archaeologist in America and Greece before returning to school to receive a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1993. She moved to Massachusetts to study intensively for three years under the renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. While in Boston, Colette was also trained as an art restorer with Treffler and Sons Art Restoration Studios. In recent years, she has trained in the Buon Fresco Academy of Wall Artistry, moving her work onto walls and expanding her abilities to a variety of wall finishes. She currently paints, teaches private classes and intensive weekend courses as well as lectures in various Churches and Museums. Her work has been featured in formal exhibits, and is to be found in churches and private collections in America and internationally.

There will be icon workshops Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, 10am to 4pm and one-day introduction to egg tempera, Saturday, May 3, 10am to 4pm.

The Washington Drawing Center, at the Artist’s Walk at Monroe St. Market is located at  716 Monroe St. For more information visit washingtondrawingcenter.org/colette-m-kalvesmaki  or sacredpresence.com.

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