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Advent Illuminated Manuscript Workshop: The Prophet David

Saturdays November 23, December 7, 14 and 21, 2013

12:00 to 4:30 PM

Admission: $250/person. Materials included. Reservations required.Contact Ms. Kelly vonMedicus to register at

Students will make an illuminated manuscript page with a decorated versal using an image of the Holy Prophet David from the window at Glencairn Museum. Work will be done in the traditional manner using gold leaf and egg tempera on cotton paper. The class is designed for the intermediate student, however, adventurous beginners are welcome.

The lettering on the page is from Psalm 43 in Latin:

Emitte lucem tuam et veritatum tuam.   (English, Send forth Thy Light and Thy Truth)

At this same time Glencairn Museum will be presenting its annual Nativity Festival. Click here for event information.

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. From January through April of 2013 she is 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: November 16
Elizabeth Pitcairn
Later Event: November 29
Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale