The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection includes more than 400 Russian icons, the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. The collection spans six centuries, and includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. Located in Clinton, Massachusetts, in a 150 year old restored mill building, this museum is a hidden treasure to icon aficionados.
My rural home’s screened in porch, two stories up and in view of my own private nature preserve, has been a sanctuary for me where God has met me so often that it formed within me the same kind of space inside my heart. We might have to downsize in a move this year, but its gift is now in me and I will take it wherever I go.
It leads me in a powerful vision for the Lord’s Prayer.
In the same way that we can read a narrative passage of Scripture and find ourselves in it as one of the characters or as a character we add, we can find ourselves in a painting. In the last issue of Conversations, Juliet Benner said one of her favorite pieces of art is Peter Paul Rubens’ painting, Descent from the Cross so I investigated it in her new book, Contemplative Vision.
Some people collect stamps:
rare, colorful and old;
or coins from countries,
small and large;
or watches to wear
a new old one every day.
I’ve been exercising my creative side and I have been amazed at what my art has been revealing to me about me. Now, I’m not trained in art but I’m involved with The Art Project Houston and we are bringing the power of creativity to the homeless community in our city. So I’m along for the ride!
As a young person, I loved adventure stories like those of Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling. I also reread and even memorized parts of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Most often, I went back to Verne, Stevenson, and Coleridge. As I think about why those were my favorites, I realize it was partly the illustrations that drew me back. Coleridge’s Mariner had wonderful engravings by Gustave Doré. Several of Verne’s and Stevenson’s books had bookplates by the gifted artist N.C. Wyeth.