Art and Iconography
EXHIBITIONS and PUBLICATIONS
Iconography is rather out of the contemporary artistic mainstream! Since the intent of
icons is primarily spiritual rather than commercial, they are only rarely displayed or sold
in art galleries. But many churches, and church-related institutions, hold art exhibits -
and their curators may be very pleased to show contemporary icons.
Many of these display venues can accommodate only wall-mounted works, preferably
framed and protected by glass.
Very fortunately for me, my friend Richard Anderson, while working on images of the
Tree of Life icon, had already perfected his technique of photographing and printing
icons! So when curator Mel Ahlborn offered me a show at Gallery 1055, in the diocesan
office adjacent to Grace Cathedral, we were soon ready with framed prints.
This exhibit of framed prints moved on to St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, and then to the
lovely Chapel Lounge at Calvary Presbyterian Church.
|Gallery 1055 Presents
CONTEMPORARY BYZANTINE-STYLE ICONS
By the Hand of Betsy Porter
In Archival Prints by Richard Anderson
February 1 - April 11, 2008
Diocesan House, adjacent to Grace Cathedral
1055 Taylor Street, San Francisco, California
Limited edition, framed archival prints
will be available for purchase Spring 2008
Photographer and Printer
Left; Bishop Marc Andrus and
Dean of Grace Cathedral Alan
Jones at the opening party at
Gallery 1055, February 7,
Right; Richard and Betsy at
Gallery 1055, which consists
largely of this open stair and
adjacent corridors - unsuitable
for display of original icons.
The same prints looked very different in the large open Rotunda at Saint Gregory
of Nyssa Church. Left, Patricia K. Kelly and Richard Anderson evaluate exhibit
layout. Center, Greg DeLory has worked devotedly on our church art exhibits for
many years. Right, smaller prints in the chapel/conference room.
In September 2008, we moved the prints to the Chapel Lounge at Calvary
Presbyterian Church. Left; our curator, Kate Wilson. Center; moving an exhibit
is lots of work, all that wrapping and unwrapping! Right; this room has some
shallow glass display cases, so we were able to display a few original icons -
including St. Francis by my student Anne Symanovich, who sings in Calvary's choir.
The 2009 ROSARY CALENDAR was published by The Rosary Centre
(no web site) of Ireland as a gift to its supporters throughout the world.
The calendar is illustrated with postcard-sized icons and commentary
from this site, attractively displayed on brightly colored backgrounds.
On the cover, at larger size, is my icon of Our Lady of Tikhvin.
Contact: Rosary Centre, St Malachy's Friary,
Anne Street, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland;
telephone 042 932 4552. Send e-mail here.
Left; Tree of Life was commissioned as cover art for EVOLUTION AND
CHRISTIAN FAITH; Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist, by Joan
Roughgarden; Island Press 2006. Details of this icon are used
throughout the book at each chapter heading.
My work has been included in several online exhibitions organized by
ECVA (Episcopal Church Visual Arts). The Fourth Day of Creation is
part of their Advent 2008 exhibition with a theme of "Light." Ubuntu
Trinity is in the Fall 2009 "Ubuntu" exhibition, and Saint John the
Evangelist on the Winter 2009/2010 "Grace" exhibition.
Saint Francis is included in an anthology ORIGINALLY BLESSED which
celebrates the 25th anniversary of Original Blessing by Matthew Fox;
edited by Matthew Henry; Creation Spirituality Communities 2008.
This book also features contributions by Mary Plaster, Jen Delyth,
Richard Fabian (co-founder of St. Gregory's Church), and Mark Dukes
(who painted the icon murals at St. Gregory's).
Contact: Creation Spirituality Communities, Inc., 4669 Guy Hill Road,
Golden, Colorado 80403; www.creationspirituality.info
EARLIER EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Two of my pieces were included in a group icon show at St. Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco, in spring
2005. You can see photos of the entire show on the Display and Care page.
My article on iconography, an earlier version of the Icon Article on this site, was the featured article for August
2004 at www.ecva.com, the online journal of Episcopal Church Visual Arts.
In 1999, I had a solo show of scarves and jewelry at the community center in Half Moon Bay, CA. The "Art Bio" on
the About Betsy page was written for this show.
A jewelry metalwork publication! My pair of articles on working with
Argentium sterling silver appeared in the March 2012 issue of
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine: Argentium Tips and
Argentium Filigree Earrings.
These articles earned me a "Like of the Week" on the Facebook page