The Less-Common Icon FAQ

				    By Reader Daniel

Its easy to get icons of Christ, the Theotokos, St. John the Baptist,
St. Nicholas, St. George, etc..., but many other icons are harder to 
get.  This FAQ is intended to cover sources of less commonly available
icons.  I have a limited collection of topics and sources currently, but
hopefully both can be improved on with your help.

If you find more sources, please let me know.  For now, I have a rather
limited collection of suppliers found.

How do I get icons of Western Saints (Western European and North American)?

See the Western saint FAQ for more information on this.

How do I get icons of Old Testament Saints?

1) St. Vladamir's carries icons of Old Testament saints [I believe]
        St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore
        575 Scarsdale Road
        Crestwood, NY  10707
2) Holy Transfiguration monastary
        Holy Transfiguration Monastery
        278 Warren Street
        Brookline, MA 02146
   carries:  [I may have missed some]

	A-22      Hospitality of Abraham (7 1/2 x 9 1/4)
	A-152     St. Ruth (7 x 9 1/2)
	A-230     Three Children in the Furnace (7 1/4 x 9 5/8)
	A-130     Three Patriarchs--Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob (7 x 9 1/2)
	A-231     Holy Prophet Daniel (6 3/8 x 9 5/8)
	A-44      Prophet King David (7 5/8 x 9 1/2)
	A-150     St. Deborah (7 1/2 x 9 3/4) [OT one?]
	A-47      Holy Prophet Elias (6 1/2 x 9 3/4)
	A-77      Patriarch Joseph the All-comely (7 3/4 x 9 3/4)
	A-307     St. Judith (7 1/2 x 9 1/2) [from the book of Judith?]
	A-80      St. Justin Martyr the Philosopher (5 1/4 x 9 3/4)
	A-83      Holy Maccabee Children & SS. Eleazar & Solomone (7 1/4 x
	A-202     Holy Patriarch Abraham (6 x 9 3/8)
	A-341     Holy Prophet Jeremiah (7 1/2 x 7 1/2)
	A-234     Holy Prophet Jesus of Navi  (Joshua) (7 1/8 x 9 1/8)
	A-69      Holy Prophet Job (7 x 9 1/2)
	A-257     Holy Prophet Jonah (7 3/4 x 9 5/8)
	A-335     Holy Prophet Moses (6 7/8 x 9 1/2)
	R-9   Holy Prophet Isaias--by Kontoglou (4 1/2 x 8 3/4)     10.00

How do I get icons of African Saints?

1) Holy Transfiguration monastary carries
	A-184     St. Moses the Ethiopian (7 1/4 x 9 1/2)
	A-286     St. Cyprian (7 3/8 x 9 3/4)
	A-251     St. Julia of Carthage (6 1/2 x 9 1/8)

Where can I commision an icon?

1) St. Elizabeth Convent in California 
   [I ordered one of Prophet Daniel.
   My priest Fr. David thought it was a good traditional Byzantine icon, and
   plans to order several icons for his family from this source.  As a 
   side-benefit of ordering from them (we also ordered my Reader's cassock from
   them), they told us in the letter that came with the icon that they 
   regularly pray for Fr. David and myself.]

2) Holy Trinity Monastary, Jordanville, NY

3) An iconographer mentioned in a prior Christian Activist, but don't have
   information here

4) Holy Transfiguration Monastery

[5 and 6 descriptions come from Nina]
5)  A very good, Byzantine style iconographer is Paul Azkoul, 8502 Vasel 
    Ave., St. Louis, MO  63123-3635, 314-353-7696. He's done a lovely set of 
    St. Aiden and St. Oswin which HTM will be reproducing and adding to their 
    catalog. The person who commissioned those is doing more early British 

6) Kararzyna M. Mankowska, 48 Thurston Rd., Newton, MA  02164-12244 does 
   very good traditional Russian icons - wonderful work. Do not have a phone 
   number unfortunately.

7) Lev A. & Ksenia M. Pokrovsky            Izograph Co.
   84 Oxford St., Apt. 3
   Somerville, MA 02143-1618
   Tel/Fax: (617) 628-8639                 e-mail:
   [They plan to start teaching iconography too.]
8) [Bill Samsonoff]
   Icons can be commissioned from  
   the Nuns of New Skete, 
   Monastery of Our Lady of the Sign 
   R.D. #1, Box 34
   Cambridge, NY 12816-9704
   Tel: (518) 677-3810. 
   I don't believe they have a catalog, but I do know they do
   do iconography. Also, you can check with 
   the Companions of New Skete
   Box 189
   Cambridge, NY 12816
   Telephone: (518) 677-8863. 
   The Nuns may also be a source for some "Western" saints.
   [Editorial comment by Daniel Lieuwen:  I include this because they are
    a monastary of an Orthodox jurisdiction.  I don't know what their 
    iconography is like, but I advise caution in general with them.  The
    theology I heard at a retreat from Fr. Laurence was "rather novel".]

Icon Classes

1) [From Priest Christopher]
   The Instructor: Dimitri Andreyev
                         237 Elderidge Street
                         New York NY 10003
                         (212) 533-3279
   Icon Studio and Classes are at
   R.O. Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection (OCA)
   59 E. 2nd Street
   New York, NY 10003
   Priest Chrsitopher Calin
   $10 per hour for a three hour class  ($30. per evening)
   Russian Novogorodian School Method or egg-tempura on gesso board, all natural
   pigments and finishes, no acrylic or varnish.  New students begin by painting
   an icon of the Archangel Michael and after five classes, if they are
   consciencious, they have a beautifully finished icon which is blessed.
    Technique includes process of finishing boards, andall aspect of painting
   the icon.  Boards, finished or unfinished may be purchased at the Cathedral
   or by calling Dimitri or Mark Smith (212) 673-9181.  Classes currently meet
   on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but Special sessions can also be arranged.
     Intensive Daylong Iconography Workshops are held periodically, call for
   more details.  Dimitri is the son of master Iconographer Vladislav Andreyev,
   and after studying art and art restoration in St. Petersburg, Russia, began
   painting icons.  He is married and he and his wife, Rachel, ahve a 2 year old
   daughter, Sophia.
     The classes are not simply given over to technique, but the theological and
   spiritual dimensions of icons are expounded as visual aids in leading both
   the painter and those who view and venerate the icons deeper into the
   spiritual life of the Church.  

Where else can I possibly look?

1) Various saints hard to find elsewhere can be gotten from the "New Age 
   'Orthodox'" Monastary in Nebraska and are sold at many places including 
   Light and Life under the name "Windows into Heaven".  I would urge that 
   those considering buying from this source (the only source for many Western 
   saints like St. David of Wales apparantly), consider carefully the warnings 
   about these icons that appeared on the Orthodox mailing list.