Part of the Tremont [Cleveland] Art Walk, at 7:00 p.m., last night: Restoration work begins on the 24' high Hungarian hand-carved wooden and gold gilt icon screen, and turn of the century antique glass and American art glass windows in the historic Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church. Andrea Chevalier, Senior Paintings Conservator of Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA), answered questions of visitors. ICA was created in 1952 by the directors of six major Midwestern museums. It is the oldest not for profit regional art conservation center in the United States. For many years it was in Oberlin, recently it has been on the near west side of Cleveland.
Sunday, at 3.30 p.m., the church will host Cleveland Mass Mob VIII. The Mass Mob movement, or the 'Buffalo idea', is a sort of wandering contingent of mostly Catholics that periodically group to attend Mass at older urban parishes and/or churches of special interest and merit. Several cities have already tried, or considered the idea. Currently, it is active in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, New York City, and Pittsburgh. In Cleveland, four of the churches already visited were recently re-opened, and a fifth only escaped closure by a massive, and well organised public campaign. Holy Ghost was voluntarily re-opened by the bishop of Parma as the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center. The others were decreed to be re-opened as parishes by the Vatican, overruling and censuring the bishop of Cleveland.
One large painting and two small ones were removed earlier in the day, and a part of the decorative wood of the iconostas was cleaned. The iconostas was made in Budapest in 1924.
What is behind the iconostas?