Last year I wrote a few articles on a new initiative in Canada called BYZANTIUM: Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium an initiative under the direction of Lesia Maruschak. One of the highlights of Byzantium was the opening exhibition featuring the icons of George Kordis, several Romanian iconographers and two Canadian artists: myself and Maruschak. BYZANTIUM’s highlight was the Diptych concert where sacred vocal groups performed while Kordis painted an icon before full churches of spectators. Since then, Maruschak and Kordis have collaborated with great energy launching a series of exhibitions in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. One of the results of their ongoing partnership is BART: Byzantine Arts Today, the North American Centre for Byzantine Arts. Their vision is great – to create a center of international excellence where one can learn different aspects of Byzantine traditional arts. They kick off their year in Ottawa, Canada with an iconography master class with Kordis, a Byzantine scent lab with Maruschak and I will also be giving an icon carving workshop.
Kordis and Maruschak plan to open a satellite centre in Cyprus with programming and tours planned for 2016-17. Watch out for this duo’s next artistic collaboration, Terra Ercolano, highlighting their passion for Byzantine tastes in the design of jewelry, scarves, perfumes and other curations.
More information can be found on their website: www.thebart.ca
You can also follow BART on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BARTByzantineArtsToday