Orthodox Writers, Readers, and Artists: Sheena Hisiro
Admittedly, when Melinda first contacted me about writing a piece for her blog, I was a little hesitant. After all, I didn’t major in writing. Rather, I went to school for illustration, to learn to bring stories to life via pictures, not words. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I can do this. While a writing degree may not be in my background, the subject matter of this piece is something I am very familiar with–my artwork.
This summer I was fortunate enough to work with Conciliar Press illustrating a new children’s book, written by Kelly Lardin, being released early next year. The book, entitled Josiah and Julia Go to Church: A Young Child’s Guide to Church Etiquette, is a playful story for children teaching them what they should (and shouldn’t) do in church.
Obviously, with the book being set in a church, I needed to draw a church. Rather than create a fictitious one, a concept that came immediately to mind was to depict the church I grew up in, Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church, where I spent many a childhood day. For a number of the images, I drew from memory, having spent many hours over the course of my life studying every visual detail of the church–the pattern of the floor, the pews, the intricate wood carvings decorating the iconostasis, the decorative and very colorful garments worn by the priest and altar boys, the parishioners, the beautiful icons, the different candles burning, and once they were finished, the very large icons adorning almost every wall in the church. These in particular fascinated me as a child and continue to do so as an adult, with all the detail and care with which they were painted, as well as how each tells a different story. For someone with a passion for anything visual, the church is a feast for the eyes.
The priest in the story is again my priest from childhood, Fr. Daniel Ressetar. Up until the last couple of years when he retired, Fr. Dan was the priest at Christ the Saviour. That is to say, he “officially” retired; if you go on Sunday, you’re very likely to see him helping out with the current priest, Fr. Stephen. Fr. Dan was then, and continues to be, an influential part of my life. Many times when I go home to visit family, I have some news clipping or other compliments of Fr. Dan, be it an article he thought of interest to me, news about Orthodoxy, Church Bulletins, and occasionally, a book that he thought I might like. He was there for many big events in my life, church-related and non-church related alike–my baptism, first communion (and many communions after that), first confession, high school graduation, the release of my first children’s book and subsequent one, and would have attended the most recent if not for a previous engagement. Including him in the story was my way of paying tribute, of saying thank you, to Fr. Dan for everything he has done and continues to do for me.
Over the course of my life, many people have said, “You have a gift from God,” or “You have been truly blessed with artistic talent.” I am very grateful to have this gift and pray that I am able to continue to utilize my talent for a very long time.
Sheena Hisiro has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is still drawing and loving every minute of it. Sheena is currently illustrating children’s books, designing greeting cards, and drawing cupcakes.
10/12/2011 First, we would like to thank everyone for submitting their wonderful Halloween designs into our second US design challenge. It was an incredibly difficult decision with so many wonderful and funny Halloween cards to choose from.
There can only be one winner, so after much careful deliberation from our Send A Smile judges who worked overtime to go through all of your great cards we are glad to announce our winner.
Taking home the first prize, which is an iTunes gift card, is none other than Sheena Hisiro from Brooklyn, New York with her hilarious "Not Quite The Same" card!
This card and others can be found in her store aptly namedQuirky Cards. Congratulations to Sheena and thank you to everyone who submitted their designs.
Stay tuned for our Holiday design challenge for your chance to win and become featured on www.sendasmile.com!
The 37th Annual Atlantic Antic is this weekend on Sunday October 2nd. Stop by Acorn Toy Shop (323 Atlantic Ave between Hoyt and Smith Streets) to get a portrait drawn by me!
THE 37TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC STREET FESTIVAL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011 12:00PM TO 6:00PM RAIN OR SHINE ATLANTIC AVENUE: HICKS STREET TO FOURTH AVENUE
THE 37TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC is an event not to be missed! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic will bring together one million people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, festivities, and fun!
The Atlantic Antic is a Brooklyn institution, embracing the myriad of heritages that coexist in the Borough. Spanning four Brooklyn neighborhoods from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Antic is the largest street festival in New York City! From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone.
Comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with trendy restaurants and boutiques, the Atlantic Antic features live music stages that showcase free performances from various cultural genres. Families enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities. Best known for its eclectic delicacies, the Antic highlights an array of food from around the world including street fair favorites like funnel cake, sausage sandwiches, and roasted corn!
The Atlantic Antic can be accessed from ten different blocks. Below is a list of nearby trains.
- Borough Hall: 2 3 4 5 - Jay Street-Metro Tech: A C F N R - Bergen Street: F G - Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets: A C G - Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street: 2 3 4 5 B D N Q R
You can also take the ATLANTIC ANTIC SHUTTLE sponsored by NY Waterway’s East River Ferry!
The ATLANTIC ANTIC SHUTTLE will run from 11:00AM to 7:00PM between Pier 11/Wall Street and Pier 6/Atlantic Avenue for $5 each way.