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Colette Kalvesmaki


Colette Kalvesmaki teaches iconography to middle school students. She is an esteemed iconographer trained in the Byzantine/Russian tradition. She graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara and worked as an archaeologist in America and Greece before returning to school to receive a Masters in Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1993. She studied for three years under the renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. She also trained as an art restorer with Treffler and Sons Art Restoration Studios. In recent years she has trained in the Buon Fresco Academy of Wall Artistry, moving her work onto walls and expanding her abilities to a variety of wall finishes. When not teaching at Good Shepherd, Colette spends her time painting, teaching private classes, and lecturing in churches and museums. Her work has been featured in formal exhibits, and is to be found in churches and private collections in America and internationally.