Ludmila Pawloska in studio

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Icons in Transformation: Heaven


August 13 - October 12


This dramatic 120 piece traveling exhibit includes the contemporary work of internationally acclaimed Russian - Swedish abstract expressionist, Ludmila Pawlowska, along with Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery/Suzdal. After touring the great cathedrals of Europe, this must-see exhibit is now in Seattle at Saint Mark's Cathedral for only two months.


The works on view will also include 12 large sculptural pieces many of which will be suspended in the Cathedral providing a stunning and dramatic visual impression.


Praying with icons is an ancient prayer practice that involves keeping our eyes wide open, taking into our heart what the image visually communicates. We focus not on what is seen in the icon, but rather on what is seen through it - the love of God expressed through it. This is prayer without words, with a focus on being in God's presence rather than performing in God's presence. It is a right-brain experience of touching and feeling what is holy - divine mystery. Icons are not simply art; they are a way in to contemplative prayer, and are therefore one way to let God speak to us. They are doorways into stillness, into closeness with God. If we sit with them long enough, we too can enter into the stillness and if we listen to them closely enough, with our hearts, we just may discern the voice of God. -- Ludmila Pawlowska


The exhibit will include as many as 120 pieces of the artist's work, plus a collection of 24 traditional icons made by contemporary artists at monasteries in Russia. A portion of sales of any art and voluntary donations will go to Episcopal Relief and Development for Nets for Life, Wine into Water and support for the Sudan.


Self guided tours
August 13 through October 12
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 6 pm,
Sunday 1:00 to 9:00


Guided Tours available upon request.


Icons in Transformation: And so what


Icons in Transformation: Madonna and child


About Saint Mark's Cathedral


Exhibit contacts

Alan De Puy, 206.963.9383
Carolyn Kashman, 206.669.7778



We are a community of faith-people of God, who seek to proclaim boldly by word and action the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our community is known for its extensive outreach to the homeless and powerless and we provide a Commons where issues of justice and faith are explored. Saint Mark's is also the home of great music, and every Sunday evening for over fifty years the ancient service of Compline has been sung. We invite you to become part of our community of prayer and service!


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1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA, 98102