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An Angel of God: 8-Session Icon Workshop with Susan Kelly vonMedicus

Saturdays September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012
November 3 (weather/make-up date)

12:00 to 4:30 pm

$400.00 tuition per student, plus materials $120.00 (all will be supplied). Limited to 10 students, reservations required. Contact Ms. Kelly vonMedicus to register at

Glencairn Museum will host a workshop where students will make an icon in the traditional manner using egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed wood panel. Instruction will focus on the image of the Angel of God depicted originally in the 12th Century window at Chartres Cathedral and more recently, in the Great Hall window at Glencairn (see image, right). The workshop will be taught by Susan Kelly vonMedicus. No artistic experience is necessary.

There will be an exhibition of Ms. Kelly vonMedicus’ icons in the Museum opening Saturday, September 15, 2012, and she will be giving an illustrated talk on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 3:00pm.

About the instructor: Susan Kelly vonMedicus was born in Philadelphia to the fabled Kelly clan, a devout Irish-Catholic family. Her parents, John B. (Jack) Kelly, Jr. and Mary Freeman, were both Olympic athletes. Her aunt, movie star Grace Kelly, married Prince Ranier III of Monaco to become Grace, Princess of Monaco. Susan has recently completed an icon as a gift for the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Monaco, a commission from her cousin Prince Albert II to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the archdiocese of Monaco.

Ms. Kelly vonMedicus was educated at the following institutions: Mater Misericordiae Academy; The Baldwin School; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and The Prosopon School of Iconology. In 2013 she will be an artist-in-residence at the Burren College of Art on the west coast of Ireland, just a few miles down the coast from Westport, County, Mayo, where the Kelly family emigrated from in the late 19th century. The mother of three sons, Susan lives and works in the Philadelphia area, creating artwork and keeping a garden, chickens and bees.

Earlier Event: June 18
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