Iconography with Suzanne Schleck

The Gospel in Line and Color


February 3-9, 2024

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Icons of Jonah
The Mother of God Protector of Ukraine
Christ the Bridegroom

A Parable of Hope

Enjoy the beauty of Kanuga while painting an icon with retreat leader, Suzanne Schleck. Using the ancient medium of egg tempera we will paint sacred images in layers, working from the darkest foundational colors to the very lightest, alternating light and color. As layer upon layer of light is added, a face emerges from the darkness, and we see that in both form and content an icon is a parable of hope.

Our retreat includes daily Eucharist, blessing of our hands, Noonday prayer and Evening prayer, silence, and times for exploring the grounds and sitting together for great conversation.

Both beginners and more experienced iconographers will find this a rewarding experience.

About the Instructor

Suzanne Schleck - Iconography RetreatSuzanne Schleck

From Whiting, NJ, Suzanne returns for her 19th year of teaching icon painting with egg tempera at Kanuga. She is a retired public school art teacher who has been learning to paint icons since she met an Episcopal priest and iconographer, The Rev. John Walsted in1989. She worked with him until his death in 2014. She has also had the opportunity to take workshops with Brother Robert Lentz, the Prosopon School, Hexameron, the Rev. Peter Pearson and Fred Wessel.

Suzanne began teaching the egg tempera icon conference at Kanuga in 2005 at the invitation of Louise Shipps, who founded this conference in 1999. Suzanne has taught icon painting retreats and given talks at various churches in NJ and the East Coast, including St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA, Trinity Wall Street, St. John’s in Washington, CT, the Gray Center in Canton, MS and in her own parish, Christ Church in Toms River, NJ. Her icons reside in homes and churches around the country, and she recently completed four icons of local saints for St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, NC (stlukessalisbury.net) as a part of its Becoming Beloved Community icon project. She was also blessed to complete five icons for a series of icons of Anglo-Catholic saints which now reside at St. Clements Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA (www.theanglocatholics.com). Suzanne has enjoyed living on the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in Whiting with her husband and two children since 1976.

Val Redpath, Conference Chaplain

The Reverend Valerie Tolocka Redpath has served as the chaplain for this icon conference since 2007, providing pastoral care, preaching, and leading worship. Val observes “It has been a joy to serve as chaplain over the years and experience the faithful and caring community that forms among the participants.” She has a BS degree in Nursing from Seton Hall University and received her M.Div. from General Theological Seminary. Val serves as a supply priest in the Diocese of New Jersey. She has served as a hospice chaplain as well as Rector of two parishes. She met Suzanne Schleck many years ago while attending her home parish, Christ Episcopal Church, in Toms River, NJ.

Eileen Kennedy, Conference Assistant

Since the early 1980s, Eileen has created multi-figure works that tell stories about contemporary people. This crystallized in the early 2010s when she began working in egg tempera and silverpoint, leading the artist to focus on creating narrative, figurative paintings and drawings that explore the relationship between humans and the natural world, especially the flora, fauna and habitats of her native coastal New Jersey.

Kennedy holds a BFA from Pratt Institute; she also studied at the Hartford Art School, the Art Students League of NY, and with Koo Schadler, a master in the art of egg tempera. In 2022 she was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and her work was included in the Lunar Codex Project, which will send images of art to the Moon in 2023/2024. In the early 2000s she co-chaired the New Jersey Chapter of the Episcopal Church in the Visual Arts (ECVA).  She has exhibited throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The artist lives and works in Toms River, NJ.