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Art Exhibit at Christ Cathedral-Downtown St. Louis

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The work of celebrated Russian-born abstract expressionist artist, Ludmila Pawlowska will be highlighted at Icons in Transformation, a major exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, from October 30, 2011 through January 15, 2012 — part of an international tour of cathedrals in Europe and the U.S.
During the exhibition, the Cathedral will be transformed by suspended monumental works between the pillars of the nave, the shoulders of classical Gothic arches, and among 180 contemporary inspirations by Pawlowska. Included in the exhibit are 20 traditional Russian Icons from the workshop of the Vassilevsky Monastery in Suzdal and the workshop of Danilov Monastery in Moscow.
The Very Rev. Michael Kinman, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral says, “Christ Church Cathedral is a beautiful and perfect space for this exhibition. Ludmila has created works of deep beauty and spiritual depth, which will bring out the beauty and depth of the art and architecture of this Cathedral.”
Ludmila was drawn to icons following the death of her mother. She recalled, "I have been able to work through sorrow with help of my painting. This short step between life and death sharpened my awareness of the existential issues of life and my subjects took on an ethereal aspect and ... inspired (from the) Russian icon tradition. …. What fascinates me most in the art of icons is the deep sensitivity they radiate. When I am looking at an icon I am irresistibly attracted."
The exhibition has received acclaim on its tour to date. The Hereford (U.K.) Times described it as "unique and unmissable" and "dramatic and intriguing".Click here to read a review of the exhibit from Ruth Meyer, former director of the Taft Museum in Cincinnati.
Ludmila will be joining us for the public opening of the exhibition at 5 pm on Sunday, October 30, and also a VIP reception on Saturday evening, October 29. As part of the exhibition, there will also be a series of Saturday lectures and Sunday concerts. Information about these offerings can be found on the exhibition website –
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 10 am –  4 pm, Monday through Saturday during the run of the exhibition.

There will be docents to offer tours and all the icons are available for sale.
The exhibit is a part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Cathedral’s Shepley Program of Music and Art. Questions and photography and interview requests should be directed to Ronnie Smith, exhibit co-chair at