Iconographic Art at the Slate Valley Museum
On Friday, November 1, from 7 to 9, spend an evening taking in the beautiful icons and paintings of the Saint Luke’s Guild of Iconography, at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, N.Y.
To celebrate SVM’s 2013 interpretive focus, ‘Preserving a Heritage, Building a Community: The Carpatho-Rusyn People of the Slate Valley,’ the Slate Valley Museum is proud to offer this beautiful artwork. Saint Luke’s Guild of Iconography offers distinctive modern icons that follow the traditional style of the Orthodox Church.
The Guild is a community of artists and artisans who are committed to making art that is reflective of a deep spirituality and faith in God. They believe in the didactic value of icons and engage with prayer as part of their painting practice.Art featured heavily in the religious life of Slovakian-American immigrants in the Slate Valley.
In the Byzantine Catholic Church, as well as the Greek Orthodox Church, icons can be found adorning the walls of churches, and hagiographies often cover the inside of these structures completely. The Hungarian Society of Granville established Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church on Church Street in 1902. It became the center of Slovakian cultural life in the community. Slovakian-Americans celebrated in an elaborate manner many religious holidays, especially Easter and Christmas. Fraternal-benefit societies sponsored dances, plays, sports and other entertainment.
The Slate Valley Museum’s First Friday series is made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts. For information on te exhibit, or on Sate Valley Museum, visit slatevalleymuseum.org or call 518-642-1417.