Order No. 008905
Our 2015 icon calendar features icons of the Virgin Mary from many different contemporary American iconographers.
11" X 12" full-color calendar features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording your important date reminders.
Major saints and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed.
Note: this calendar uses dates according to the new calendar. For a Julian calendar edition, see Order No. 008906.
About the iconographers featured in this calendar
Heather Sommer—Khouria Heather’s desire is that the icons she paints inspire the viewer to prayer and bring glory to God. The Sommer family lives in Snohomish, Washington, where her husband, Fr. David Sommer, serves Saint Thomas Antiochian Orthodox Mission. She primarily paints murals for parishes thoughout the USA and Canada. Contact Information: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Blog: heathersommericons.blogspot.com; Studio location: Snohomish, Washington
Michael Kapeluck—Michael was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a lifelong communicant of Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Carnegie, PA. Michael started his art training early in life, being chosen to attend formal art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh at the age of nine. He studied in this program for six years, at which point he graduated to the pre-college course of instruction at Carnegie Mellon University, where he spent three years. Upon graduation from high school he decided to continue his studies in art at Carnegie Mellon, where he was accepted into the College of Fine Arts. After four years of study Michael graduated with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Art. After several years of showing in area art galleries, Michael felt that the Holy Spirit was moving him to give up the world of secular art to devote his life to the study and creation of the sacred art of iconography. He has been blessed since that time to paint for many churches and individuals and continues to enjoy the challenge of pushing his skills to greater levels. Michael now lives, paints, and worships in his home town of Carnegie, where he enjoys life with his wife Michele and their two children, Zachary and Mikaela. Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Website: www.archangelicons.com; Studio: Archangel Studios, Carnegie, PA; Phone: 412-527-5359
Diane Plaskon Koory—Diane was born in Detroit, Michigan. She comes from a Slavic, Carpatho-Russian background. She was baptized and received chrismation in her family’s Greek-rite Catholic Church and was raised in and attended the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971, Diane received chrismation in the Antiochian Othodox Church, the Church of her husband’s family, and since that time has embraced the Orthodox faith as her own. She has a BA and MA in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and a BFA cum laude from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Diane’s interest in iconography began with her fascination with the differences between icons and Christian art. She has taken several classes with Philip Zimmerman, at St. John Art Academy in Pennsylvania. She has also taken classes from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Xenia Pokrovsky. Diane has traveled extensively to study traditional icons from other countries. She has given many lectures on icons, Christian art, and the history of icons to many Orthodox and non-Orthodox churches. In addition to writing individual icons, she has many icons in churches throughout the U.S. as well as at the Midwest Chancery of the Antiochian Church. Contact Information: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio: St. George Church, Troy, MI; Phone: 248-396-0362
Deacon Matthew Garrett—Deacon Matthew grew up in the Orthodox Faith, where he developed a great appreciation for icons. His father arranged for him to spend the summer of 1991 working for Philip Zimmerman at the St. John of Damascus Icon Studio. He grew enamored with the process of painting icons and spent the next several years reading about icons, looking for interesting prototypes to paint, working at the studio, and painting at home. Since graduating from St. Vincent College, he has continued to grow as an artist and to develop his own style. His work ranges from larger-than-life-size murals to postage stamp-size icons. For many years he was a member of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Greensburg, PA. In 2009, he married and moved to Boise, Idaho. He was ordained as a deacon in 2011, where he serves at St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church in Boise, in addition to his continuing work as an iconographer. Deacon Matthew has exhibited his work and given lectures on iconography at festivals, churches, and conferences, and his work can be seen in many churches, especially in the northeast U.S. Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Website: www.holy-icons.com; Studio Location: Boise, Idaho; Phone: 208-859-9698.
Elias Katsaros—Elias was born of Greek parentage in Constantinople in 1945. Upon arriving in Athens, Greece, at the age of nineteen, he attended the Art Institute of Athens. He spent five years under the direct tutelage of the artist and iconographer George Patriarchia. During this time he was taught the basis of Byzantine technique, which would influence his painting of icons in the future. After arriving in America in 1969, Mr. Katsaros continued his studies in Byzantine iconography while studying and working in New York City with Father John Spilio for two years. Both of his teachers were direct students of the great Byzantine iconographer Photios Kontoglou. Mr. Katsaros has been living in the United States since 1969. He has made Huntsville, Alabama, his home, where he has established his studio with his wife Elaine. He keeps to the strict Byzantine tradition of iconography and works in the sixteenth-century Cretan style. He specializes in murals, portable icons, and interior designs of churches. His work can be found in churches all across the United States. Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.byzantine-iconography.com; Studio Location: Huntsville, Alabama; Phone: 256-837-6152.
Dmitry Shkolnik—Dmitry was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1960. While studying in high school, he developed a keen interest in Russian religious art. Upon graduation, he pursued higher education in the field of architecture. Concurrently, he cultivated a knowledge of Russian craft art in the form of lacquer miniatures and icon restoration. In 1979–80, Dmitry began to work for the Russian Patriarchal Workshops (now known as SOFRINO). In 1981 he immigrated to the United States with his family. He enrolled in the Theological Seminary at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY, in 1983. In his time there, he apprenticed under the well-known iconographer Archimandrite Ciprian (Pyzhov). In 1988 Dmitry completed seminary with a Bachelor in Theology. In his over 30 years in the United States, Dmitry has written over 2,000 icons, completed over two dozen iconostases, and painted numerous church frescoes, murals, and wall ornamentations. He is an active member of the International Union of Artists and has collaborated with some of the most noted Russian and American iconographers. You can see his work in churches and private collections all over the United States, Canada, Central and South America, France, Australia, Japan, Russia, Greece, and many other countries. Dmitry Shkolnik lives in San Carlos, California, with his wife and children. Contact Information: E-mail: email@example.com; Website: www.shkolnikstudio.com; Studio Location: San Carlos, California.
Janet Jaime—Janet is a communicant of St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and began writing icons in 1995, working in the traditional egg tempera technique. She is a full-time certified iconographer and also serves as co-chair on the DOWAMA Committee of Sacred Arts. She has been blessed with writing icons for homes and many churches, including St. Peter, Madison, MS; St. Andrew, Riverside, CA; St. Antony, Tulsa, OK; St. George, Cedar Rapids, IA; and St. George, Kearney, NE. Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Studio Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Ann Margitich—Ann received her BFA degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire. Her studies in icon painting include two years of independent study at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, instruction from Fr. Andrew Tregubov, Helena Nikkanen, and Leonid Ouspensky. She is married to Fr. Lawrence Margitich, who serves the parish of St. Seraphim of Sarov in Santa Rosa, California. Her work can be viewed at flickr.com/photos/amargitich as well as through the New World Byzantine Studios website. Contact Information: Email: email@example.com; Website:nwbstudios.com/iconography/ann-margitich.html; Studio Location: Santa Rosa, California.
Tom Clark—Originally from Chicago and of Greek descent, Tom (Athanasios) studied iconography for five years starting in 1984 in Thessaloniki, Greece, under master iconographer Kostas Tsilsavides. His icons are found in churches and homes both in the U.S. and abroad. Tom and his wife Sophia currently live in Athens, Greece, and are the parents of five sons. Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website:tomclarkicons.com; Studio Location: Athens, Greece.
About the Calendar Dates
The feast days shown on this calendar in bold, blue type are the twelve great feast days of the Orthodox Church. Other feast days of some of the most popularly venerated saints of the Orthodox Churches around the world are listed in black, regular type. Dates for the feast days are listed according to the Julian or “old” calendar. Moveable feasts with their dates tied to the date of Pascha are celebrated on the same day by churches that follow either the old calendar or the new calendar. The liturgical date for feasts is shown in smaller blue type below the large calendar date. The date for Pascha (commonly known as Easter in the West) falls on April 12 in 2015. (The date for Easter in the Western churches falls on April 5 in 2015; only occasionally does the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ occur on the same date in East and West.) Many days throughout the Orthodox church year are designated as fast days (on which we refrain from eating meat products, milk products, fish, wine, and oil). These fast days, marked in red type, include the four canonical fasting seasons (Great Lent, the Apostles’ fast, the Dormition fast, and the Advent fast), as well as almost every Wednesday and Friday. When a major feast falls during a fasting season, fish, wine & oil are allowed. In addition, there are also several fast-free weeks and other special fast days. Because fast day designations vary slightly from church to church, consult your local parish for further details.