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Art Exhibit - On A Wing and A Prayer

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Viewing Christina Saj's art

“On A Wing and A Prayer,” a new exhibit by New Jersey artist Christina Saj – in the Harrington Center Chapel lobby through January 8 – draws on both the ancient technique of icon painting and the influences of modern art.

“My images explore stories with ancient roots that can enlighten our understanding of the world,” Saj says.

Early in her career, she mastered the technique of Byzantine Icon painting. This traditional influence was balanced by simultaneous work with contemporary artists in New York city.

Her aim is to bridge the disparate aspects of both worlds, creating a new interpretation of traditional themes and subjects.

The 20 giclee and transfer prints in the Harrington Center exhibit are inspired by the idea of protecting, sheltering angels.

“Negotiating the pitfalls of daily existence in contemporary life, I come to this series of drawings … for glimpses of hope, comfort and understanding.”

Saj describes her works as “fluid explorations” that are a “welcome counterpoint to the more laborious technique and rigid precepts I use when painting icons.”

Exhibit hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday – Friday (except December 26-January 2) or by appointment. If your group would like to view the exhibit during the holiday week, call 404-687-4577 to make arrangements.

The pieces are available for sale, and additional prints can be ordered. Order information is available at the exhibit.

Saj holds a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence and a master’s in fine arts from Bard College.

Her contemporary interpretations of icons have been exhibited in such venues as the American Bible Society, Union Theological Seminary, The Ukrainian Museum in New York, Museum of Cultural Heritage, Kiev Ukraine, the American Embassy in Qatar, and the White House.

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