Instructor Profile

Athella Icon Studio

Grace Zazzaro

Grace a fine artist, specializing in painting panel icons, egg tempera medium, gilding, gold, and iconography design.

Athella Icon Studio was established in 2003 and is a frequently visited site by those interested in icons or learning about the ancient art of iconography. Grace produces many traditional, classical, icons for church's, collectors and the famous; offering a window to heaven in each of her pieces. Her objective is to continue the legacy of iconography handed down to her through her teacher, by teaching and bringing the face of God to people and to the world through the beauty of iconography.

After earning her degree studying embellishment design at The Chicago Art Institute, Grace embarked on a spiritual journey, encountering comparative religions. While studying Christian theology she engaged in icon studies. Her iconographic training was under the tutelage of renowned Iconography master Ksenia Pokrovsky and the Izograph School of Iconography based in Moscow, Russia, and the USA. Grace has also worked with and studied along side many other Master, and fellow iconographers throughout the world.


Grace has lived abroad and traveled to England, Ireland, France, Russia, and Italy, immersing herself in church art, important historical sites, art collections, culture, history, and techniques of the ancient art of icons. She shares many of her experiences with students during her workshops.

Grace is a professional speaker who loves to talk about her experiences in travel, spiritual life, icons, theology, history, materials used in the making of the icon and joy that comes from embracing God in every moment.

Grace is a native New Yorker, a city girl at heart, now living in Mystic, Connecticut USA. She married the love of her life Richard and is the Mother of two amazing daughters.

Upcoming Workshops

Iconography of Mary Workshop

"Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn Icon Workshop: Ancient and Contemporary Methods of Iconography" taught by Grace Zazzaro

Iconography of Mary Workshop

Sun, August 18 – Fri, August 23, 2019

Miniature Icon of Christ, Pantocrater Workshop

"A Weekend Workshop in Egg Tempera" taught by Grace Zazzaro

Miniature Icon of Christ, Pantocrater Workshop

Fri, October 18 – Sun, October 20, 2019

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Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

(Closed Noon to 12:45 pm)


1 Enders Island
PO Box 399
Mystic, CT 06355

Home to the Southeastern Connecticut Office of the

Phone: (860) 536-0565

Fax: (860) 572-7655


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