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Russian iconography program offered at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford

BEDFORD - The St. Elizabeth Seton Women's Guild of Bedford presents a free cultural program - Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition - at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 190 Meetinghouse Road.

Traditional Russian icon painting is one of the great artistic movements and has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years.

Russian icons reveal a deep inner spirituality, incomparably matched by an intrinsic rhythm of line and harmony of coloring.

Using numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, Marina Forbes will examine the history of icon painting in Russia and will discuss the unique multiple nature of the icon as a sacred object, a product of an artistic tradition, a work of art with its own inherent aesthetic value, and a major example of our world cultural heritage. Anyone who has personal icons may bring them for examination and comment.

Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture.

She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts.

Each year, Forbes leads cultural tours to Russia, where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia.

She has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages through memorable and thought-provoking programs.

Her talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad, but always unmistakably Russian.

This program is free and open to the public and it was made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

For more information, call 332-2255.

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