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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