Cheryl Pituch

Cheryl Pituch
Orthodox Iconographer

Cheryl Pituch

Cheryl Pituch lives in Davidsville as owner of Stone Ridge Bed and Breakfast. She has been an iconographer for over 25 years. In the Johnstown area Cheryl’s work is in St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Christ the Savior Seminary and St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. She has worked all over the U.S., from monasteries and private homes to Fort Ross, a historical landmark in California. Most of her work is done in her studio in Jerome, on wood or canvas, and then shipped. Or she goes personally and installs it on-site and trims it to fit to look like it was done on the wall. Iconography is a two-dimensional art form depicting the Lord Jesus Christ, the scriptures and the saints. Icons are not supposed to look like photographs. In an icon, the subject should appear to be in a transformed state. According to St. Paul, as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “they are no longer the suffering servant of this world” but have been transfigured in the heavenly kingdom. “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Icons see into the beauty of the soul and show a timeless transcendental grace. For example, there are no shadows in iconography because Christ radiates from within. Halos and most backgrounds are done in 23 karat gold leaf and then protected by varnish.

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December 12, 2014