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Michael Barger

Administrative Assistant

Gergoe Mark Children's House

Gergoe Mark Children's House

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Member
St. Gregory's Episcopal Church

Member
Saint Gregory’s

Web References (8 Total References)


The Light Within -- God's Friends

www.godsfriends.org [cached]

an interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger

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In the conversation that follows between St. Gregory's member Michael Barger and Mark, we learn about Mark's incredible faith journey which has led to his vocation as an icon painter.
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Barger: Mark, when did you first encounter icons?
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Barger: Did you discover icons by reading books or by visiting churches?
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Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
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Barger: You had this conversion experience when you were 23.
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Barger: Looking back on the journey of your life, what have you drawn from the various denominations?
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Barger:Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer.
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Barger: Oh, excellent answer! How wonderful!
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Barger: Tell me about looking back on your life.
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Barger: Now when you were a child you weren't religious.
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Barger: Can you remember the first time it came into your head to do an icon?
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Barger:What were those three years like for you? Were they puzzling, exciting? A struggle?
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Barger: Were you back in Christianity when you had stopped painting?
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I got this great book from Michael Barger at Christmas!-The Image of the Invisible by Egon Sendler.
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Barger: I saw that book in the Camaldolese monastery and thought of you, Mark.
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Barger: Mark, how do you meditate when you do icons?
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Barger: I know you are immersed now in the St. Gregory's projects but are there certain subjects you like to paint, certain saints, certain scenes from the Gospels or the Scriptures you would like to paint.
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Barger: It sounds like missionary activity.
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Barger: And particularly Christ as a male figure.
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Barger: One thing that interests me about icons is that black religious culture in this country has been largely Protestant and therefore basically iconoclastic. Its creative artistic expression has been largely in music and speech and not in painting.
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Barger: Do you see a black Christ for St. Gregory's icon?
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Barger: In the icon you are now finishing, St. Gregory and the Marriage of Christ and the Soul, what are you trying to portray in the face of St. Gregory?


St. Gregory’s of Nyssa - The Art of St. Gregory’s

www.saintgregorys.org [cached]

The interview below with Mark Dukes was done in 1997 by Michael Barger, a member of Saint Gregory's, for the magazine God's Friends.

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Barger: Mark, when did you first encounter icons?
...
Barger: Did you discover icons by reading books or by visiting churches?
...
Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
Barger: You had this conversion experience when you were 23.
...
Barger: Looking back on the journey of your life, what have you drawn from the various denominations?
...
Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer.
...
Barger: Oh, excellent answer! How wonderful!
...
Barger: Tell me about looking back on your life.
...
Barger: Now when you were a child you weren't religious.
...
Barger: Can you remember the first time it came into your head to do an icon?
...
Barger: What were those three years like for you? Were they puzzling, exciting? A struggle?
...
Barger: Were you back in Christianity when you had stopped painting?
...
I got this great book from Michael Barger at Christmas!-The Image of the Invisible by Egon Sendler.
...
Barger: I saw that book in the Camaldolese monastery and thought of you, Mark.
...
Barger: Mark, how do you meditate when you do icons?
...
Barger: I know you are immersed now in the St. Gregory's projects but are there certain subjects you like to paint, certain saints, certain scenes from the Gospels or the Scriptures you would like to paint.
...
Barger: It sounds like missionary activity.
...
Barger: And particularly Christ as a male figure.
...
Barger: One thing that interests me about icons is that black religious culture in this country has been largely Protestant and therefore basically iconoclastic. Its creative artistic expression has been largely in music and speech and not in painting.
...
Barger: Do you see a black Christ for St. Gregory's icon?
...
Barger: In the icon you are now finishing, St. Gregory and the Marriage of Christ and the Soul, what are you trying to portray in the face of St. Gregory?


The Light Within | All Saints Company

www.allsaintscompany.org [cached]

An interview with Iconographer Mark Dukes by Michael Barger

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An interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger
...
The interview below with Mark Dukes was done in 1997 by Michael Barger, a member of Saint Gregory's, for the magazine God's Friends.
...
Barger: Mark, when did you first encounter icons?
...
Barger: Did you discover icons by reading books or by visiting churches?
...
Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
Barger: You had this conversion experience when you were 23.
...
Barger: Looking back on the journey of your life, what have you drawn from the various denominations?
...
Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer.
...
Barger: Oh, excellent answer! How wonderful!
...
Barger: Tell me about looking back on your life.
...
Barger: Now when you were a child you weren't religious.
...
Barger: Can you remember the first time it came into your head to do an icon?
...
Barger: What were those three years like for you? Were they puzzling, exciting? A struggle?
...
Barger: Were you back in Christianity when you had stopped painting?
...
I got this great book from Michael Barger at Christmas!-The Image of the Invisible by Egon Sendler.
...
Barger: I saw that book in the Camaldolese monastery and thought of you, Mark.
...
Barger: Mark, how do you meditate when you do icons?
...
Barger: I know you are immersed now in the St. Gregory's projects but are there certain subjects you like to paint, certain saints, certain scenes from the Gospels or the Scriptures you would like to paint.
...
Barger: It sounds like missionary activity.
...
Barger: And particularly Christ as a male figure.
...
Barger: One thing that interests me about icons is that black religious culture in this country has been largely Protestant and therefore basically iconoclastic. Its creative artistic expression has been largely in music and speech and not in painting.
...
Barger: Do you see a black Christ for St. Gregory's icon?
...
Barger: In the icon you are now finishing, St. Gregory and the Marriage of Christ and the Soul, what are you trying to portray in the face of St. Gregory?


All Saints Company - Community

www.allsaintscompany.org [cached]

Micah said what God wants is for us to "love justice and mercy and walk humbly with our God.

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An interview with Iconographer Mark Dukes by Michael Barger The Light Within An interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger Mark Dukes, the iconographer for the Dancing Saints Icon, is a member of Saint Gregory’s.
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An interview with Iconographer Mark Dukes by Michael Barger The Light Within An interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger Mark Dukes, the iconographer for the Dancing Saints Icon, is a member of Saint Gregory’s.
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One of Father Tom’s volunteers was Mark Dukesâ€"a man he introduced to the congregation as “someone who really ought to be spending his time painting icons.†The interview below with Mark Dukes was done in 1997 by Michael Barger, a member of Saint Gregory’s, for the magazine God’s Friends. Barger: Mark, when did you first encounter icons? Dukes: In art school.
...
I really see icons as being portraits of prayer. Barger: Did you discover icons by reading books or by visiting churches?
...
I didn't come from a background that is very religious at all. Barger: At all? Dukes: At all.
...
And you see I really didn't know about the resurrection. Barger: Really? Dukes: Seriously. Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
And you see I really didn't know about the resurrection. Barger: Really? Dukes: Seriously. Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
And then I went back to playing, It set me up to realize the importance of faith when I came to Christ. Barger: You had this conversion experience when you were 23.
...
I really feel the Spirit speaks in iconography and it speaks in me. Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer. Dukes: Yes, I was. Barger: Oh, excellent answer!
...
I really feel the Spirit speaks in iconography and it speaks in me. Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer. Dukes: Yes, I was. Barger: Oh, excellent answer!
...
How wonderful! Dukes: At one point I discovered I was an iconographer, but I believe that I was always an iconographer. Barger: Tell me about looking back on your life.
...
The inner truth, all these things that somehow I sensed in the visage of a person. Barger: Now when you were a child you weren't religious. Dukes: No, no, not at all.
...
It's what life is really about, and it is absolutely good. Barger: Can you remember the first time it came into your head to do an icon? Dukes: It was in Field's bookstore on Polk St. [in San Francisco].
...
And I think that as part of my journey, God was calling me to be more in contact with myself and other people. Barger: What were those three years like for you? Were they puzzling, exciting?
...
I have read the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, the Koran, all these things, but the most beautiful story I have read is the story of the birth of God, his crucifixion, his resurrection, his ascension, and his offer of the free gift of salvation. Barger: Were you back in Christianity when you had stopped painting? Dukes: I was at the end of my journey away from Christianity.
...
And that's when I started to do it. Barger: Which monastery? Dukes: Christ of the Hills Monastery in Texas.
...
I got this great book from Michael Barger at Christmas!-The Image of the Invisible by Egon Sendler. Barger: I saw that book in the Camaldolese monastery and thought of you, Mark.
...
In it I saw an icon of two angels holding a veil above the Mother of God and lifted that idea to connect the two towers of St. Gregory's church in the icon I am working on. Barger: Mark, how do you meditate when you do icons?
...
You have to make choices without complete knowledge, and that is something you have to do out of the spirit of faith-filled prayer, recognizing that God is honoring faith and prayer with His grace. Barger: I know you are immersed now in the St. Gregory's projects but are there certain subjects you like to paint, certain saints, certain scenes from the Gospels or the Scriptures you would like to paint. Dukes: I want someone to say "This is a need we have and how would this look in an icon?
...
The St. Gregory's project is something that I would not have come up with by myself. Barger: It sounds like missionary activity.
...
And I think that comes together in the Christ icons. Barger: And particularly Christ as a male figure. When I hear you talk about gansta rap, I think you're saying "I want to show young men that their lives can be transformed in another way." Dukes: Right. There is another way of strength, another expression of masculinity and that can be seen in Christ, in the gentleness of Christ who is the creator of all, all-powerful. How did the someone who is all powerful, who is the most important man in history conduct himself? Does he go around like a gangster? No. There is a great message in these icons. Barger: One thing that interests me about icons is that black religious culture in this country has been largely Protestant and therefore basically iconoclastic.
...
I am interested in people looking at Jesus Christ and accepting him in their lives. Barger: Do you see a black Christ for St. Gregory's icon? Dukes: No, not really because St. John's and St. Gregory's are different churches with different needs.
...
I think the Christ I paint for this church will look like the dark-skinned people who live in the Holy Land now. Barger: In the icon you are now finishing, St. Gregory and the Marriage of Christ and the Soul, what are you trying to portray in the face of St. Gregory? Dukes: That's a good question.
...
That morning Michael, another solid tenor, and I, a baritone, were the de facto leaders of the congregation's singing. I felt it instantly as Michael and I collaborated throughout the singing of "Martyrs," a wonderful old modal tune from the Scottish Psalter, and again as we grounded the chanting of the psalm. When other singing leaders are present, Michael and I sometimes go our own way, pushing or pulling the tempo. If Caroline and Rick are there singing, the congregation can stay together despite Michael's and my willfulness.
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I listened more to Michael and felt him listening more to me.
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Michael and I were balancing.


All Saints Company - Art

www.allsaintscompany.org [cached]

An interview with Iconographer Mark Dukes by Michael Barger The Light Within An interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger Mark Dukes, the iconographer for the Dancing Saints Icon, is a member of Saint Gregory’s.

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An interview with Iconographer Mark Dukes by Michael Barger The Light Within An interview with Mark Dukes by Michael Barger Mark Dukes, the iconographer for the Dancing Saints Icon, is a member of Saint Gregory’s.
...
One of Father Tom’s volunteers was Mark Dukesâ€"a man he introduced to the congregation as “someone who really ought to be spending his time painting icons.†The interview below with Mark Dukes was done in 1997 by Michael Barger, a member of Saint Gregory’s, for the magazine God’s Friends. Barger: Mark, when did you first encounter icons? Dukes: In art school.
...
I really see icons as being portraits of prayer. Barger: Did you discover icons by reading books or by visiting churches?
...
I didn't come from a background that is very religious at all. Barger: At all? Dukes: At all.
...
And you see I really didn't know about the resurrection. Barger: Really? Dukes: Seriously. Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
And you see I really didn't know about the resurrection. Barger: Really? Dukes: Seriously. Barger: How great to be a 23 year old young man and come to this completely fresh.
...
And then I went back to playing, It set me up to realize the importance of faith when I came to Christ. Barger: You had this conversion experience when you were 23.
...
I really feel the Spirit speaks in iconography and it speaks in me. Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer. Dukes: Yes, I was. Barger: Oh, excellent answer!
...
I really feel the Spirit speaks in iconography and it speaks in me. Barger: Now Mark, you weren't always an iconographer. Dukes: Yes, I was. Barger: Oh, excellent answer!
...
How wonderful! Dukes: At one point I discovered I was an iconographer, but I believe that I was always an iconographer. Barger: Tell me about looking back on your life.
...
The inner truth, all these things that somehow I sensed in the visage of a person. Barger: Now when you were a child you weren't religious. Dukes: No, no, not at all.
...
It's what life is really about, and it is absolutely good. Barger: Can you remember the first time it came into your head to do an icon? Dukes: It was in Field's bookstore on Polk St. [in San Francisco].
...
And I think that as part of my journey, God was calling me to be more in contact with myself and other people. Barger: What were those three years like for you? Were they puzzling, exciting?
...
I have read the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, the Koran, all these things, but the most beautiful story I have read is the story of the birth of God, his crucifixion, his resurrection, his ascension, and his offer of the free gift of salvation. Barger: Were you back in Christianity when you had stopped painting? Dukes: I was at the end of my journey away from Christianity.
...
And that's when I started to do it. Barger: Which monastery? Dukes: Christ of the Hills Monastery in Texas.
...
I got this great book from Michael Barger at Christmas!-The Image of the Invisible by Egon Sendler. Barger: I saw that book in the Camaldolese monastery and thought of you, Mark.
...
In it I saw an icon of two angels holding a veil above the Mother of God and lifted that idea to connect the two towers of St. Gregory's church in the icon I am working on. Barger: Mark, how do you meditate when you do icons?
...
You have to make choices without complete knowledge, and that is something you have to do out of the spirit of faith-filled prayer, recognizing that God is honoring faith and prayer with His grace. Barger: I know you are immersed now in the St. Gregory's projects but are there certain subjects you like to paint, certain saints, certain scenes from the Gospels or the Scriptures you would like to paint. Dukes: I want someone to say "This is a need we have and how would this look in an icon?
...
The St. Gregory's project is something that I would not have come up with by myself. Barger: It sounds like missionary activity.
...
And I think that comes together in the Christ icons. Barger: And particularly Christ as a male figure. When I hear you talk about gansta rap, I think you're saying "I want to show young men that their lives can be transformed in another way." Dukes: Right. There is another way of strength, another expression of masculinity and that can be seen in Christ, in the gentleness of Christ who is the creator of all, all-powerful. How did the someone who is all powerful, who is the most important man in history conduct himself? Does he go around like a gangster? No. There is a great message in these icons. Barger: One thing that interests me about icons is that black religious culture in this country has been largely Protestant and therefore basically iconoclastic. Its creative artistic expression has been largely in music and speech and not in painting.
...
I am interested in people looking at Jesus Christ and accepting him in their lives. Barger: Do you see a black Christ for St. Gregory's icon? Dukes: No, not really because St. John's and St. Gregory's are different churches with different needs.
...
I think the Christ I paint for this church will look like the dark-skinned people who live in the Holy Land now. Barger: In the icon you are now finishing, St. Gregory and the Marriage of Christ and the Soul, what are you trying to portray in the face of St. Gregory? Dukes: That's a good question.

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