Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Signing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The next booksigning also includes a reading!  

Thursday, October 18
503 E. Sherman Aveune
4-6 pm  

Get your own signed copy of Modern Icons.  
Black-Footed Ferret, Egg tempera, 23 c. gold on paper plate
MF Dondelinger

  Hors d'ouvres by Scratch
No-host wine bar, Studio 107 208.664.3564  

RSVP to Mary Lou Reed

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Fall Workshops 2012

Beginning Iconography
No pre-requisites required
Student completing an icon in a Beginning Iconography workshop

Learn the basic techniques and useage of egg tempera and gold leaf in traditional iconography. Students will leave with their own icon.

Grunewald Guild
in a lovely retreat setting and catered meals.
Leavenworth, Washington
September 21-23
To register and learn more go to: Grunewald Guild

Gallery One
held in upper Badger Pocket and catered by the fabulous Becky Craig
Ellensburg, Washington
October 5-7
To register and learn more contact: Renee

Intermediate Iconography
Must have previous iconography experience

Students select and create a historical icon of their choosing and receive additional 'cartoon's' from which to create icons in the future.
Gallery One
held on a ranch in upper Badger Pocket and catered by the fabulous Becky Craig
Ellensburg, Washington
September 28-30
To register and learn more, contact Mary Frances

Egg Tempera Workshop
No pre-requisites

Students think outside of the box and learn modern techniques for egg tempera useage to create numerous paintings in a 3 day period.
Allen and Mary Dee Dodge Studio
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
October 19-21
To register and learn more contact: Mary Frances

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


MF Dondelinger's jewel of a book features images of once-familiar Southwest species rendered in exquisite detail. Short entries accompany each painting, describing the plant or animal, its habitat, and the cause of its endangerment.

Dondelinger's work always surprises. She juxtaposes the ancient art of egg tempera iconography onto the most disposable of backdrops, the humble paper plate. The plate-as-canvas serves as a symbol of twenty-first century throwaway culture, just as the creatures she so painstakingly depicts (using precious materials like 23 carat gold, egg tempera and rabbit skin glue) have become expendable in our fast moving culture. In Modern Icons, readers will gain a new view of what is - or is no longer - to be found in their own back yards.

MF Dondelinger apprenticed in Italy with an orthodox iconographer. She applies the traditional materials and theories of this sacred art form to contemporary themes. She divides her time between Arizona and New Mexico.

This book is sponsored by ARTSPIRE, a program of New York Foundation for the Arts, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Margaret W. Reed Foundation and amazing individual supporters
You can support the
Modern Icons Book
Project too!

A complimentary copy of Modern Icons will be given to every public library in Arizona and New Mexico. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the publication of a second edition focusing on endangered species of the American Northwest.  Donations to the Modern Icons Book Project  are tax-deductible.

Order your very own MODERN ICONS at the
SPECIAL PRE-PUBLICATION PRICE of $15.95  (Retail $19.95)
see upper right column.
Good until August 31. 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Going for the GOLD

Vienna, Austria. The GOLD exhibition at the Belvedere Palace Museum.

The exhibit. These two pieces were stops on the audio tour.

Another piece. Also a stop on the audio tour.

More of the exhibit.
No photos were allowed at this show and special permission was required to take these quick photos with a phone.

The Lower Belvedere

A large book about the exhibition and images of each artists work. Additionally, a postcard of the Kangaroo Ords Rat available at the Belvedere Palace Museum Gift Store. To see more about this exhibit click here

Back home and in the studio, I work to finish up text for the upcoming book MODERN ICONS:The Sacrifice of Endangered Species in the American Southwest. More about this later....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Yes, cartooning is an important part of traditional iconography. Students learn the structure of icons and create their own cartoon to be used to transfer onto a panel in this one day workshop.

Martha learns the formula and proportions.

And then she creates a cartoon in the April class.

April students strike a pose.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

GOLD in Vienna, Austria

Belvedere Palace Museum in Vienna, Austria

I am pleased to announce four works have been accepted into the Belvedere Palace Museum in Vienna, Austria. The exhibit titled GOLD curated by Thomas Zaunschirm is open from March 16 - June 17, 2012.

Additionally, the musuem has requested permission to print the image Ords Kangaroo Rat as a post card to sell in their museum store.                                                                                               
Click here for more information about this exhibit and the Belvedere Palace Museum.