There are vital, reasons for creating and using icons. They are alternately and at once used as aides in prayer, decoration of the church and of personal homes, as well as instruction on the story of salvation, the Gospel in color, so to speak.
Their tradition has been part of Church tradition since Saint Luke the Evangelist painted the first icon the Theotokos and Christ Child.
Icons have been created using many different media over the centuries, but egg tempera is one of the most ubiquitous. An emulsion of egg yolk and white wine/vinegar is used to suspend and spread earth pigments which make up the colorants. A succession of translucent layers lends the icons depth and richness of color which more opaque options lack. Kept away from direct UV light and moisture, traditionally made icons can and do remain colorful for centuries.
Father Theophan has been studying and practicing art for more than 25 years, and iconography for 10 of those. He practices under the tutelage of Father Mefodii of the Skete of Saint Maximos the Confessor in Palmyra, Virginia. He has taught numerous courses on the meaning, history, and practice of creating icons.
The Step Up Gallery in the Mesa Public Library will present a show of icons made by Father Theophan of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church June 2 through June 24. There will be an opening 5:30-7 p.m. June 2. Everyone is welcome to come and see and learn about this ancient art form. Step Up Gallery is located on the top level of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., and is open Monday –Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday: 10am – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 5pm and is closed Sundays.
At this time masking is welcome, but not required, however this recommendation may change without notice.