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Making seen that which is unseen.

I have come to see the world as a metaphor, nearly everything which happens to us is screaming to be understood through the eye of spirit, we just need to reflect long enough to hear the message. The awe of the un
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Women's voices and their images have been lacking in Christian theology for 2,000 years. The multitude of Christian art has typically included Mary, Mother of Jesus whose holiness the everyday woman could not possibly attain. But it is documented that inquisitive women like myself were around in Christ’s time, listening to His message and learning from Him. Where are the images of these women, where is their wisdom? Church teachings as we know them were once considered unchangeable but because of newly discovered texts and the contemporary phrasing of old theology, we cannot help but reexamine who we are in God. There is a movement underway for a modern Catholic ideology about women's issues inside the church and out. The movie industry has taken the subject into the public like never before. The book I have created, In Light of Women, fits perfectly into this new debate and conversation.

The visual language of the sacred art of iconography has cultivated my own rebellious spirit. With my book I want to address the possibility of a new attitude: that women can stand equally beside men in a more contemporary vision of the world. Chri
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Mary Jane Miller and Valentin Gomez Few married couples can work on the same piece to bring it to life. These two have been working together for 40 years. Traditional iconography where the past and present, the earth and the divine all come together. “When we walk in the studio, it’s absolute rest. It’s rest from thinking and rest from struggling and rest from trying to figure out if the world is correct or not. Time out from any kind of analysis, like being held. Here, we can play and pray, we simply show up or do your work. There is no other style of work we want to do. ”

Mary Jane and Valentin are experienced and committed artists who welcome visitors to see and experience an ancient technique nearly forgotten in today's world. Valentin is a master in respouse, 100 % hand tooled pewter. He is a delight to watch his hands push the soft metal with his magnificent tools. Mary Jane works with the dirt, dry earth pigments brought to San Miguel from around the world. They are both master craftspeople and have endless insights about life well lived. Info for the next 5 day workshops in Guanajuato and her studio   http://sacrediconretreat.com/ ; To see icons on the Web sites http://millericons.com/ or make an appointment to visit the srudio.

Medium and Materials   “Painting with Dirt”  The tempera technique goes back to Byzantine times, egg yolk is the substance which gives life to the chicken and in this case symbolizes the raw potential for life. The yolk is mixed with ground earth pigment which represents eternity, reminding us that our earth is a multi-colored, billion-year-old rock hurling through space and time. The orthodox icon painters teach that these two natural elements are mixed together to create divine images. In reality it is the practice of making seen the unseen, the process is a metaphor that illustrates the mystery of how flesh and spirit intermingle. The result is inevitably harmonious because the pigments have always naturally existed side by side, layer upon layer, icon painters simply change the order or placement. Ancient earth history in layers, mixed with our human desire to awaken to the divine – all from pushing around little particles of sand. What a blast!
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