the Hand of Magdalene
the past 13 years, Magdalene Grace Deane has been producing
Art in diverse medium for church and home.
focus (and sole vocation) is depicting and teaching Liturgical and
Iconographic themes of the Eastern Christian Tradition.
has studied the Byzantine Greek (Cretan, Constantinopolitan, Cypriot
and Macedonian) and
Russian (Yaroslavl, Moscow and Prosopon) Iconography schools.
Grace recently completed a two year period of research on Byzantine Greek Iconography (as Independent Scholar with Privileges)
Getty Museum of Art - Research Institute in Southern California.
Grace holds the honor of being given the Iconographer’s
Blessing by two Bishops: His
Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Church and His
Grace, Sayidna Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Catholic Church.
Grace is an Orthodox Christian with a Byzantine Greek Catholic heritage.
She lives a fully Orthodox Christian
lifestyle perpetuating prayer, study, contemplation, service and
maintains a sacred atmosphere in her studio with the
of liturgical music, the light of candles, the scents of blessed incense
of icons from diverse centuries and countries.
is affiliated with
The Orthodox Church in America, The Greek Orthodox Church,
Catholic Church and The Byzantine Catholic Church.
Grace also participates in ecumenism with
Society of St. John of Chysostom and
Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University.
visit www.artofbyzantium.com for
more on her work.
of all, one ought to love what he does. An icon painter cannot be
has to devote all of his life to icon painting." ~
Mother Maria (Egereva)
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has a triple Master's background in the genres of
Fine Arts (including
Graphic, Fashion and Jewelry Design)
Performing Arts (including
Dance and Music)
Healing Arts (including
Botanical and Culinary Arts)
She attended The
Art Center and Cal Arts (both Fine Art Universities in Southern
as well as several
specialized institutes, trade colleges and apprenticeships.
She then pursued
an interest in Herbology at the Australasian College of Health Sciences
for her work in the Mastery of
achievements also include a Mastery in Tea and Etiquette granted by
the American Tea
Master Association's Executive Director, Chas Kroll with
recognition by American and British Tea expert and author, Bruce
training is granted by the Protocol School of Washington's founder,
is the science and clinical application of herbal distillates and
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aesthetic in elegance, design, composition and regal execution
originates from her several years in the apparel industry, where she
worked as fashion illustrator and designer. In her early career, she
designed both women's and children's wear and had her own label
featured at Neiman Marcus. One will notice that Miss Deane's
paintings convey a deep understanding of garment construction as well as
textile content and drape.
Grace's masterful skill in painting and jewelry design (in the genre of
Contemporary Sacred Art) led to a permanent collection acquisition of
her pieces by the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, New
Mexico. Her Sacred/Liturgical Art has been featured in 8
prominent galleries and several churches across the nation. Her works
are also in many private collections both nationally and
internationally. Miss Deane's fine art of hand-cut paper (designs
intended as birthday commemoratives) were commissioned by the Monarch
League and presented to HRM Queen Elizabeth in 2008 and 2009.
Grace was honored with a letter of recognition and gratitude from Her
original Cathedral Icon by Hand Magdalene was recently designed and
written for the
Pontifical Oriental Institute, Vatican
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Miss Deane has served on two city council advisory seats for the
Arts and Culture. She served as judge and consultant to the Scottsdale
Arts Council in Arizona and as Vice President of the Arts Commission in
Dover, New Hampshire.
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Magdalene Grace has included her mastery of dance in her paintings.
One will notice that her subjects are regularly depicted with a sense of
choreography, poise and deportment. She was Founder and
Executive/Artistic Director of Gracia Art Dance Organization (G.A.D.O.)
of New Hampshire where she worked as master instructor, choreographer,
performer and set/costume designer. She has worked as founder/director,
choreographer/master instructor and designer at the Dances of Spain
Academy in Omaha, Nebraska. She also founded dance troupe Ále
Flamenco Northern Arizona (in Prescott/Sedona).
Grace (also known by her Spanish middle names, Maya Gracia) has an
extensive background in Ballet, Middle Eastern, Spanish
Classical/Flamenco dances and has studied with schools from England,
Russia, the Middle East and Spain.
Deane has over 12 years of experience teaching Spanish
Classical/Flamenco Dance and Sacred/Liturgical Art to children and
adults of all ages. She was also honored to be one of the few
instructors in America to have taught and performed Spanish Regional
Folk Dances such as those seen in Northern Spain on the
Christian Pilgrimages to Santiago De Compostela.
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Magdalene Grace uses her mastery in Herbology and
Aromotology in her icon painting.
These two healing arts require a background in phyto-chemistry and an
understanding of plant/root/resin formulations (including their
historical uses). Miss Deane applies this knowledge to her paintings'
ground, paint and finish formulations in accordance to the ancient
Orthodox tradition. She has made a special study of the uses and
symbolism of biblical and liturgical herbs which is apparent in her
compositions. Miss Deane held a private professional practice for 15
years where she created clinical grade herbal, floral and fruit based
essential oil blends to enhance the health of her many clients. She also
created proprietary aromatic tea blends and artisanal cosmetics for
private and corporate use. As a certified Master of Tea and Etiquette,
she has also formulated and blended her own line of white, green and
Design by Magdalene Grace Deane