Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition

Mother of God of Vladimir

Mother of God of Vladimir – (wood, egg tempera, 23-k gold) – by Marina Forbes


Marina Forbes presents Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition on Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Seacoast Artist Association Gallery at 130 Water Street in Exeter, New Hampshire, as part of the SAA’s Second Sunday art demonstration/lecture series.

Traditional Russian icon painting has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation by Marina deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon-making involves the painting of stylized religious images on wood using traditional natural materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Marina also presents Traditional Matryoshka Nested Doll Making: from Russia to New England on Thursday, September 29th at 7pm at the Madbury Public Library in Madbury, NH. This beautifully illustrated interactive presentation by Marina Forbes will feature the history of Matryoshka nested doll making in Russia. Using a fully illustrated show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work and from her extensive collection, Forbes will examine the tapestry of the rich folk tradition and symbolism of the doll’s appearance and the interesting link between doll making and other traditional Russian art forms. There will be a quick stop at the 1900 World Fair in Paris that made Russian nested dolls and Fabergé eggs famous followed by an exciting illustrated tour of a working doll-making factory in rural Russia, depicting the various stages in the doll making process. The presentation will conclude with a glorious show of hundreds of examples of the finest Matryoshka artwork available in Russia.

Marina Forbes is an award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) and an art historian with 20 years of experience teaching in the US, Europe and Russia. She is listed on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and Culture as well as the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts’ Rosters for Traditional Arts, Arts in Education, Arts in Healthcare and offers between 75 and 100 presentations and workshops each year on Russian art, Russian daily life, history, iconography, social issues and culture throughout the New England area. Marina leads a Cultural Tour to Russia every year and her award winning art and icons are on display in churches and private collections in Russia, Europe and the US. She was profiled on the Chronicle TV program in 2012.

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