Downtown church hosts icon art event

Grace by the Sea Anglican Church is hosting an event on June 26 featuring artist Deborah Anderson.

Grace by the Sea Anglican Church, located at 540 SE Pioneer Way, is hosting a special educational event on Wednesday, June 26, featuring renowned icon artist Deborah Anderson.

The event, titled “The Sacred Art of Icon Writing,” will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to delve into the rich history and tradition of this ancient art form.

The evening will commence with an optional potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main event at 6:30 p.m. Anderson will share her expertise and passion for this sacred craft through a multimedia presentation and exhibition of her stunning icon creations.

Icons, often referred to as “written prayers” or “windows into heaven,” are deeply rooted in Christian tradition and have been cherished for centuries as a means of connecting with the divine. Anderson’s icons, created following traditional methods, are illuminated by candlelight, adding an ethereal ambiance to the exhibition.

“Icons hold the singular capacity to draw one into the still presence of God amidst the chaos of daily life,” Anderson said. “They are not merely painted but ‘written,’ visual representations of Sacred Scripture that communicate Eternal Truth through the workings of the Holy Spirit.”

Attendees will have the chance to learn about the history and symbolism behind these sacred works, as well as gain insights into the intricate techniques and materials used in their creation. The event will also feature a hands-on art activity, allowing participants to experience the joy of creating their own simple icon-inspired artwork.

“This event is open to everyone, regardless of their religious affiliation or artistic background,” said Teresa Gillespie, senior board member at Grace by the Sea Anglican Church. “It’s an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and spiritual significance of these timeless works of art while learning from a true master of the craft.”

Experts and art enthusiasts alike have praised Anderson’s work, which draws inspiration from ancient prototypes and teachings of iconographer mentors. Her icons are described as “visual journals,” each with a unique story to tell.

Admission to “The Sacred Art of Icon Writing” event is free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Teresa Gillespie at or 425-647-7257.

Grace by the Sea Anglican Church is a vibrant community of faith. The church is dedicated to fostering spiritual growth, community service and artistic expression through various educational and cultural events.