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Ancient meets modern in “Icons: Windows on Eternity,” an exhibit of icons painted in the traditional style by Los Alamos artists. The exhibit is on display through May 5 in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Library. There will be an opening reception for the show from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The opening will include a gallery talk by Father John Hennies of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church on the history and religious significance of icons. The talk will begin around 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.The painters featured in the exhibit are part of a group of 12 artists who meet weekly to paint icons on Monday and Thursday evenings. The group began meeting is a result of a weeklong class taught by Shelly Riebe in 2005. Riebe wanted to share her love of icon painting with others. Each student produced an icon during the class.The passion to create icons took hold with some students and they continue to meet and paint. The group includes UNM-LA faculty member Maryjane Giesler. Giesler is currently working on her seventh icon.“The face is the most difficult part,” Giesler said.
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