Icons in Transformation
the contemporary icons of abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska
Icons in Transformation
An expressive dialogue between the temporal and the eternal
January 21 – April 1, 2018
The traveling exhibit, Icons in Transformation, presents the mystery and spiritual power of the icon transformed into modern masterpieces of art. This exhibit offers the opportunity to experience the art by Ludmila Pawlowska, set in sacred space in the heart of downtown Denver.
The exhibit will offer a rare opportunity to view both the artist’s work of contemporary icons and the path of her vision, traditional Russian icons. Throughout St. Andrew’s sanctuary, you will be able to view contemporary icons and traditional Russian icons from Vassilevsky Monastery.
Exhibit and viewing hours
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There will be space to enjoy your lunch if you wish to bring it.
Fridays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (except March 30)
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (except March 31)
Sundays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. following regular services
You can also enjoy the art during our regular worship services
A lively schedule of special events, including special Holy Week activities, provide an opportunity to enjoy the artworks alongside lectures, concerts or receptions.
Please click on the Calendar tab above to see a list of these events.
You can learn more about the artist, Ludmila Pawlowska, at her website: https://www.ludmilapawlowska.se/texts/.
|Friday, January 19, 2018||6 PM - 9 PM||Preview Party - By Invitation Sponsored by Reverend Bob and Becky Hart|
|Saturday, January 20, 2018||6 PM - 9 PM||Grand Opening Gala - Open to Public|
|Sunday, January 21, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, January 23, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, January 26, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, January 26, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Speaker: Margaret L. Woodhull, PhD; Wine & Cheese|
|Saturday, January 27, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, January 28, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, January 30, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, February 2, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, February 2, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Performance: Ruth Carver and Mallory Bernstein; Wine & Cheese|
|Saturday, February 3, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, February 4, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, February 6, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, February 9, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Saturday, February 10, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, February 11, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, February 13, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, February 16, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Saturday, February 17, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, February 18, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, February 20, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, February 23, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; Wine & Cheese reception|
|Saturday, February 24, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Saturday, February 24, 2018||2 PM - 4PM||Speaker: Reverend Michelle A Danson, wine and cheese reception|
|Sunday, February 25, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, February 27, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, March 2, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, March 2, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Performance: Choir Music; Wine and Cheese|
|Saturday, March 3, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, March 4, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, March 6, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, March 9, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, March 9, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Speaker: Wayne Lord, PhD; Wine & Cheese reception|
|Saturday, March 10, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, March 11, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, March 13, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, March 16, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, March 16, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Performance: Instrumental Music with Ralph Valentine and Linda Mack; Wine and Cheese reception|
|Saturday, March 17, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, March 18, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, March 20, 2018||11:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, March 23, 2018||5 PM - 7 PM||Open with docents; wine and cheese reception following|
|Friday, March 23, 2018||7 PM - 9 PM||Speaker: Dean Sobel; wine and cheese reception|
|Saturday, March 24, 2018||10 AM - 2 PM||Open with docents|
|Sunday, March 25, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Open during coffee hour|
|Tuesday, March 27, 2018||11:15 AM - 1:30 PM||Open with docents; Brown Bag Lunch Days - bring your lunch and enjoy the exhibit|
|Friday, March 30, 2018||1:30 PM - 3 PM||Open with docents; Good Friday|
|Sunday, April 1, 2018||12:30 PM - 1:30 PM||Easter Open for coffee hour|
|Monday, April 2, 2018||Closing Party|
Ludmila Pawlowska was born in exile.
When Joseph Stalin took power in Russia in the 1920s, he started pushing troublesome people – teachers, artists, intellectuals, ethnic groups – far away from the country’s center of power. Everyone knows about the gulags in Siberia, but that wasn’t the only place of exile in the Soviet Union. Kazakhstan, the biggest and most remote of the “stans,” was another. Ludmila’s Kazak home, the city of Karaganda, was hundreds of miles from any other urban area.
It was a mid-sized city – about a million population today – and it was full of highly educated exiles, culture and good schools, where teachers spotted her early as a born artist.
Her family had been shattered by the revolution. Her grandfather was deported to Siberia in 1936, when her father was two years old. Her uncles were taken by the state, separated and scattered across the nation to homes for children of state enemies.
Her father was a dissident, too – always limited by his refusal to join the Communist Party. She and her father weren’t close – but her mother was her soul mate. And art was her refuge.
Ludmila (“Just call me Mila,” she says, “it’s easier”) was considered a child prodigy. She still has newspaper clippings written about her in the elementary school years.
At 15, she left her beloved mother and went to Moscow. Socialist Realism was the party-enforced painting style of the day, but the academies were good, and Mila’s passion for art never flagged. She worked her way into textile design and magazine illustration.
The Stalin era ended when he died in 1953. Soon, Nikita Kruschev opened the gulags, and her grandfather was free – but not free to leave Siberia.
Margaret L. Woodhull, Ph.D. – Friday, January 26, 7 PM - 9 PM
"From Nature to God: The Transformation in Classical Art to the Art of the Icon."
Margaret L. Woodhull is an Art Historian specializing in Classical antiquity; she is the Director of the Master of Humanities Program at the University of Colorado Denver and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Grant in Women's Studies, the Archaeological Institute of America's Woodruff Traveling Fellowship, and was the James Ruffin Professor of Art History at Rhodes College before coming to Denver. Her research focuses on women in Classical Rome, art and architectural history, memory, and sculpture in Classical antiquity.
Reverend Michelle A. Danson – Saturday, February 24, 2 PM - 4 PM
“Encountering Icons in the Depth of Silence”
Icons are prayers written in images, windows opening into the Divine. Join us for this opportunity to enter into a space of guided silent contemplation during Lent. No previous knowledge of Icons, or experience of silent prayer is necessary. "Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation." Father Thomas Keating O.C.S.O
A. Wayne Lord, Ph.D. – Friday, March 9
"Through the Glass Darkly: Icons in the History of Russia"
Wayne Lord, holding a doctorate in Russian History from Georgetown University, has a deep interest in icons and their role in the history of Russia. This interest stretches over a period of more than forty years, when both his academic and business travel frequently took him to Russia and provided him the opportunity to study many Russian icons in churches and museums during the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Beyond the historical perspective, the mystical and spiritual power of icons is a central theme of his study and personal reflection. Dr. Lord is retired and lives in Denver where he is a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and serves on the Education Committee of The Denver Foundation.
Dean Sobel – Friday, March 23
"Clyfford Still and the Birth of Abstract Expressionism.”
As director of the Clyfford Still Museum, Dean Sobel spearheaded the efforts to create a permanent home for the Clyfford Still Estate, encompassing approximately 3,200 works of art by Still that were donated to the City of Denver in 2004. From 2000 to 2005, Sobel was Director of the Aspen Art Museum, a non-collecting kunsthalle. During his tenure, Sobel led the institution through its accreditation process and developed museum goals and programs for its 25th anniversary, including an ambitious presentation of site-specific installations presented around Aspen. Prior to this appointment, from 1995–2000, Sobel was Chief Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where he held the joint position of Curator of Contemporary Art.
Icons in Sound: Vocal Visionings – Friday, Feb. 2
Romantic Russian favorites, from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin to Rachmaninoff's poignant Vocalise are juxtaposed with Pawlowska's contemporary art. Listeners will also luxuriate in lesser-known beauties by Mussorgsky, Medtner, and Prokofiev as they explore wordless and religious texts in a favorite Russian combo - soprano and piano.
Soprano Ruth Carver, accompanied by pianist Mallory Bernstein
Known for her bold characterizations and powerful voice, Denver, Colorado native Ruth L. Carver is quickly gaining recognition as a soprano on the rise. Her voice is especially suited to Italian and German repertoire, and after a concert with the Elysium Between Two Continents festival in Bernried, Germany, the regional newspaper Münchner Merkur praised her for her "dark, romantic voice." On a program of Liszt lieder, and her performance was singled out for her "truly rich and variegated tone" (kcmetropolis.org). Ms. Carver appeared with New York Lyric Opera Theater in their spring 2015 reduced Ring Cycle. She has won over audiences with dynamic recital programs, and was pleased to perform in concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York in the fall of 2015.
Born in White Plains, New York, pianist Mallory Bernstein has given solo performances throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Italy, and Portugal. Highlights of the last few seasons include performances with the Sonoma Philharmonic, solo and collaborative recitals in Colorado and New York, three performances of Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurora Symphony and the two-piano arrangement of the Brahms Requiem at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. She is the collaborative pianist for Opera on Tap (Denver) and is a founding member of the Denver Art Song Project. She holds degrees in Piano Performance from Ithaca College, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Denver, and is on the faculty as a collaborative pianist and coach at the College Audition Advantage summer institute. Mallory maintains a full private studio of piano students in Park Hill, Denver.
Icons in Sound: Choral Conceptions – Friday, March 2
The Choir of St. Andrew’s
Timothy J. Krueger, Choirmaster at St. Andrew's, studied musicology at the University of Colorado, Boulder; the University of Hamburg, Germany; and the University of London's Royal Holloway College. He is the founder and artistic director of St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Colorado's first professional choir, with whom he has recorded twelve critically acclaimed CDs; and is on the musicology faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Formerly he was chorus master of the Boulder Bach Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, and has worked professionally with such ensembles as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Chicago a cappella, Vox Early Music Ensemble (Ann Arbor), Episcopal cathedral choirs such as St. John's in Denver and St. Paul's in Detroit, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Ars Nova Singers of Boulder.
Icons in Sound: Instrumental Images – Mar. 16
Organists Linda Mack, Ralph Valentine and Friends
Ralph B. Valentine, Organist at St. Andrew's, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He began his teaching career at Rosemary Hall School in Greenwich, Connecticut, and moved with the school to Wallingford, Connecticut, when it merged with The Choate School in 1971. At Choate Rosemary Hall he was Head of Music, Choral Director, School Organist, and Instructor in Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, History, Composition, Organ, and Harpsichord for forty-two years. A past Dean of the New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Valentine also served as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Andrew's Church in Stamford, St. Andrew's Church in Meriden, and for thirty-four years as the Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. He has been active as a recitalist, consultant, workshop leader, accompanist, and composer.
A native of California, Linda Mack grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where she began formal musical instruction at age six studying piano, organ, brass instruments, and, in college took up the harpsichord. After completing Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Linda moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she expanded her career as a teacher, performer, and producer of a weekly radio program of organ music, Te Deum Laudamus. In 1987, Linda completed a Master of Library Science degree from Brigham Young University and returned to Michigan joining the Andrews University Library Faculty as Music Librarian. Simultaneously she continued an active performing career, serving as keyboardist and program annotator for the Andrews University Orchestras, directing the university’s Early Music Ensemble, and was music director for Episcopal churches in southwest Michigan. In 2012 Linda’s husband, Ed, took a position at Denver Health and Linda, Music Director/Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Denver. She is currently singing in the St. Andrews Choir and the St. Martins Festival Singers, serves as a substitute organist around the Front Range, is active in the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, is involved in a variety of musical and writing projects, and happily spends lots of time with her granddaughters.
Sponsorship OpportunitiesIt is not too late to sponsor this exhibit! Sponsorships fall into three major categories: Hospitality, Education and Formation and Logistics.
- $50 will pay for one of 10 Tuesday brown bag receptions
- $100 will pay for one of 10 Friday night cheese/ wine receptions
- $500 will pay for food at the Preview Party or Opening Gala
- $500 will pay for wine at the Preview Party or Opening Gala
- $1000 will pay for the Preview Party
- $1000 will pay for the Opening Gala
Formation and Education
- $200 will pay for one of three speaker honorariums
- $2500 will pay for print and advertising materials
- $2500 will pay for marketing expenses
- $1350 will pay for concert expenses
- $2000 will pay for insurance and shipping
- $800 will pay for special tools and equipment
- $1000 will pay for storage of empty crates and boxes
- $500 will pay for an Uber account for Jan and Ludmilla
We could not pull off this incredible exhibit without the support of our sponsors, donors and advertisers. It’s not too late to sponsor, donate or advertise. Please see our Donate/Sponsor page.
We would like to thank our sponsors so far:
- Richard De Tar and Judie James – Speaker Honorarium
- Ally Dodge and Pat Condon – Printing Expenses
- Diane and Reece Jameson – Transportation
- Reverend Robert and Becky Hart – Preview Party
- Denny Muirhead – Wine and Cheese Reception
We would also like to recognize our donors:
- Gordon and Teri Appell
- Scott Barnette
- Matt Bentley
- Shelley Brown
- Bill Calkins
- Marsha and William Campbell
- Marjanne and Duane Claassen
- Claudia Dakkouri
- Wib Garfield
- William and Eleanor Henning
- Micaëla Larsen-Brown
- Rick Larson
- Margaret Lundy
- Thomas Maher
- Alicia McKim and Dave Tweed
- Marilyn Morgan
- Rita Osborn
- Jill and Mike Osborn
- Jeff Parrott and Jeff Jacob
- Scott Ramming
- Elizabeth Randall and Alan Gottlieb
- Charles Woodward
- Ken Backensto
- Matt Bentley
- Sarah & George Berlin
- Chris Buri
- Janice Burley
- Carol Bush
- Caroline Cammack
- Nina Churchman
- Michael Cleave
- Joyce Culwell
- Richard De Tar
- Ally Dodge
- Liz Eaton
- Gary & Kathy Fleming
- Tom Folkert
- Russ Gates
- John Gerkin
- Mike Giddings
- Alan Gottlieb
- Al Grinestaff
- Becky and Bob Hart
- Oriole Hart
- Judie James
- Diane & Reese Jameson
- Lucy Johnson
- Terry Kargel
- Cynthia Katseralis
- Sue Kilgore
- Marie Komorova
- Wayne Lord
- Karen Mays
- Sandy Mazarakis
- Lucy Mc Guffey
- Alicia Mc Kim
- Denny Muirhead
- Jill Ogborn
- Rita Osborn
- Elizabeth Randall
- Mike Sayler
- Hank Schaller
- Hannah Schechter
- Steve Schott
- Lisa Sisneros
- Sandie Spurlock
- Jane Stanczyk
- Anne Thulson
- Tina Marie Trump
- TJ Trump
- Dave Tweed
- Lynne Valentine
- Lynne & Ralph Valentine
- Frank Wilmont
- Clara Winter
- Dan Wright
- Ron Yeater
We are very appreciative of our advertisers who helped underwrite the exhibit brochure:
- Rolling Pin Bakery
- Wiegand Attorneys & Councilors LLC
- Your Castle Real Estate - Sandy Mazaraki
- Nostalgic Homes – George and Betty Luce
- Kentwood Real Estate – John Hayden
- Redline Art Gallery
- Amazing Moves
- Absolute Art Instillation
- St. Paul Lutheran and Catholic Community of Faith
- Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra
- Baroque Chamber Orchestra
- St. Martin’s Choir