Video – Fi News #98: Interview with Iconographer Marek Czarnecki
After more than three years, the friars received the long-awaited icon of Our Lady, "The Helper in Childbirth", written by a Roman Catholic Iconographer Marek Czarnecki, founder of Seraphic Restorations. This icon was donated in loving memory of Joseph J. McGuire by family and friends and eventually after remaining in the Sanctuary for forty days will be enshrined on the wall next to the image of Divine Mercy in the Chapel of Our Lady Guadalupe, Griswold, CT.
This studio's icons are written by the hand of iconographer Marek Czarnecki, who continues to study under the tutelage of Russian Orthodox iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky, within the Izograph School which she founded in Moscow. In recognition for his liturgical restoration work and iconography for dozens of local churches, Marek received the 1996 & 2004 Artistís Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, recieved the American Council for Polish Culture's Jan de Rosen Award, and an apprenticeship grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Southern New England Traditional Arts Program.
His icons can be found in in the homes and chapels of individuals, as well as churches across the country, including the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, IL. Featured in numerous articles, exhibits and videos, he continues to teach and write icons out of his studio in Meriden, Connecticut. http://www.seraphicrestorations.com/marek.html