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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Windows

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024


Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper Wyoming was inspired by the iconography commissioned by Paul-Gordon Chandler for the dioceses of Wyoming, which I completed a few years ago.

The church wanted to use the images I created, for windows in St. Mark’s new Narthex. What an honor! I worked with Andy and his team at Pearl River Glass in Jackson Mississippi, and in April they were installed.
Pearl River did an amazing job re-creating the images. Thank you!

I would also like to thank Paul-Gordon Chandler, Peter Wold, and Jim Shumard. I loved being part of this project.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
701 S. Wolcott Street
Casper, Wyoming

Praying and Writing an Icon

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024

Aug 09, 2024, 3:00 PM – Aug 16, 2024, 12:00 PM.

The Art Studio , Thomas the Apostle Center, 34 Thomas the Apostle Rd, Cody, WY 82414, USA
AUGUST 9-16, 2024 Join us for this seven day/night intensive workshop housed at Thomas the Apostle Center as we explore the technical meditation of writing an icon. The $1,250 deposit includes housing, most materials as well as three meals a day. Scholarships are available.

More info at tacwy.org

The icon we will be writing is Saint Michael.

Discover the vibrant world of “Fusion” – An Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

Sponsored by Central Wyoming College May 7, 2024

Embark on a journey of color, creativity, and inspiration as Central Wyoming College proudly presents the captivating “Fusion” Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler. Set to grace the halls of the CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center from May 10 to August 9, this exhibition promises to ignite your senses and stir your imagination.
Wham-O Super Stuff, 24" 30", Acrylic

Meet the Artist: Melissa Strickler

Melissa Strickler, the visionary behind “Fusion,” invites you to delve into her world of mixed mediums and mark-making. With an insatiable curiosity and a penchant for creativity, Melissa seamlessly blends colors and textures to create mesmerizing pieces that speak to the soul.

In Melissa’s own words, “Unabashedly, I love color.” Prepare to be immersed in a kaleidoscope of hues! From serene landscapes to abstract compositions, each piece tells a unique story, inviting viewers to explore the depths of their own imagination.

Blue Reflection 24 " x 24" OilA Fusion of Art and Expression

What sets Melissa’s work apart is her incorporation of words into her art. Whether it’s a poignant lyric, an inspiring verse, or a thought-provoking quote, Melissa infuses her pieces with words that resonate with her creative soul. Through this fusion of visual and verbal expression, she invites viewers to ponder the beauty of language and its power to evoke emotions.

“The monochromatic short days of winter have passed. May this artwork remind you of the colors of life, all around us,” states Melissa. “We often become benign to the things that brought us wonder and stirred our senses when we were young, such as drifting clouds, blooming flowers, dripping water, and even the painted faces of the rodeo clowns were all worth a second and third look. Let us embrace the fusion of nature and mankind, during this Wyoming summer.”

Peace from the Psalm, 30" x 40", AcrylicEmbrace the Fusion

Let Melissa’s artwork transport you to a world where creativity knows no bounds and where every brushstroke tells a story. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for inspiration, “Fusion” promises an experience like no other.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of “Fusion” by Melissa Strickler at the CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center. Mark your calendars for May 10 to August 9 and prepare to be captivated by the beauty of art in all its forms.

Event Details:

  • What: Fusion Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler
  • Where: CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center
  • When: May 10 to August 9
  • Artist: Melissa Strickler, Sacred Wind Studio

We look forward to welcoming you to this extraordinary celebration of artistry and imagination!

Field Trip

Monday, March 18th, 2024

On a mid-December day, the last 6 icons traveled on a field trip from Lander WY to Scottsbluff Nebraska. I was met there by the Parish Priest and two parishioners from Auburn NE. We transferred the icons from one vehicle to the other in a non-ceremonial way. Off they went down the highway to their forever home. After farewell embraces, both cars heading home trying to avoid the snow storm which was in the forecast.
It was a really good day.

Gratitude

Monday, March 18th, 2024


In December 2023 fruition came after working on a long-term project. I was commissioned to write 10 icons for the altar area of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Auburn NE.

I did not take this opportunity lightly, as I know the icons will be in place for generations to come.

As I spent time writing the icons, my prayers were focused on the parishioners now and the parishioners of the future.

I had two icons that were very interesting to me. One icon was Mary punching the devil, or as the priest and I named it, Mother Mary, Protector of Souls.

The other icon image that was new to me, and possibly a figure rarely created, was Joseph’s Unnamed Mother. A figure whom we know existed, but little is known. For this reason, I partially hid her face under a thin veil of woven fabric, as to represent the mystery that surrounds this figure.

Over the few years I was working on the icons for St. Joseph’s I was having difficulty with my vision. I needed to have eye surgery more than once and also continued to have injections in one eye. At times I wondered if I would be able to finish this work entrusted to me, but with their patience and my perseverance, we reached our end goal.

Thank you to those past, present, and future of St. Joseph’s Parish for inviting this iconographer to do what she truly loves.

When winter white starts to look more like a blank canvas, there is only one thing to do,… paint the canvas.

Monday, November 27th, 2023

Iconography Workshop and Retreat

Friday, November 17th, 2023

August 13th – 19th, 2023,

Iconography Workshop and Retreat held at
Thomas the Apostle Center,
Cody Wyoming

Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center

Friday, November 17th, 2023

Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center (TAC) is on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming. This special location is where I led an Iconography Workshop in mid-August 2023. The intensive week-long workshop focused on writing the icon, Lamb of God.

The students were all incredibly dedicated to the process, and at the end of the week, their icons revealed a Lamb of God, which was fully theirs, and reflected their beautiful individuality, and their connection to the Divine.

When the week was over, I felt like I had been reset. I hope my students felt the same.

Embracing My New Friend

Saturday, April 9th, 2022

A Tribute to Rev. John Roberts

by Melissa Strickler
Reverend John Roberts, Egg Tempera, 23 Kt Gold - Commissioned

The time I spend writing icons can be a lonely time, but in the best way. Madam Guyon (1648-1717), a writer and mystic once said, “I love the lonely creative hours with God.” If I could speak to Madam Guyon today, I would tell her I couldn’t agree more.

During the creative hours of writing an icon I am talking to the Lord. I start my day and end my day with a more formal icon prayer, but during the hours I sit before an icon creating, the talk is more casual. I talk to God about all who will view the icon, and that it will bless them in ways seen and unseen. I pray for those who will commission the icon, and their family now and generations to come. And since there are many hours involved, I pray for the struggles and pain in the world. I pray for the best representation of the figure or figures I am painting, so those venerating the icon will feel a connection. There is something that happens which is hard to explain, but basically, I also find a true connection.

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‘Sunflowers for Solidarity’ on display at the Lander Bake Shop

Saturday, April 9th, 2022


Amanda Fehring

(Lander, WY) – Local artists of all ages came together for the “Sunflowers for Solidarity” exhibit on display at the Lander Bake Shop, which is up now through the end of April.

Sales from the show will go toward vetted relief efforts in Ukraine.

Behind the scenes is artist Melissa Strickler who shared how tickled she was with how quickly everything came together, and how supportive Bake Shop owner Angie Flint has been.

In about a week to a week and a half, we filled this place, she explained.

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Shoshone Episcopal Mission holds first First Annual John Roberts Festival

Tuesday, March 8th, 2022