Regarding the Icons
by Laurie Bauml
Cheryl, Eugene, and Andrew Pituch plus Maria (a foreign exchange student
from Finland) drove from the east coast with huge tubes of canvases on top of their van.
They arrived at St. Luke's to install Cheryl's beautiful work.
Cheryl was chosen from several possible iconographers by the icon
committee. She began painting the icons in her studio in Pennsylvania. Her studio
consists of a big old warehouse. The kids hanging around the area finally asked her
what she was doing in there after watching her go in and out everyday. She brought
them in and showed them. They were amazed and hung around more and more to watch her
paint. The local TV station in Pennsylvania did a beautiful 2 minute show on Cheryl
painting our icons. We have the videotape if anyone is interested.
The icons arrived on Monday October 25, l999. The measuring, cutting,
and glueing began. Cheryl, Eugene, Andrew and Maria worked very hard. A big thank you
goes to Bill Gay who took off work to be there and helped tremendously. The Sun Times
newspapaer reporter took pictures of Cheryl, one of which was published in the paper
the next day. The results are obvious. The icons are beautiful. However, the job is
only half done. Plans for completion are scheduled in six months. I feel we are blessed
to be part of this renovation.