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Frank C. Turner

I have made my living mainly as an actor, with 36 years of professional experience. I received my theatrical training at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1975 with a BFA. For the first few years after graduation I acted in theatres across western Canada and Ontario. In 1983 I moved to Vancouver, BC and have worked mainly in film and television since then. Favourite credits include, Airbud IVThe Addams Family, Lonesome Dove and The Duke.  In 2003 I appeared as George Bernard Shaw in debate with G. K. Chesterton on G. K. CHESTERTON: THE APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE with EWTN and in the summer of 2008 completed more work for this program, In Search of Shakespeare and for Theatre of the Word.  Most recently I worked on Spooky Buddies and Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3.

In 1991 I began studying iconography under Vladislav Andreyev and have   now completed more than 50 egg tempera icons in the Byzantine tradition for individuals and churches.  Since my initial studies with Andreyev I attended several times at the Mount Angel Iconography Institute where I studied with Charles Rohrbacher, Mary Katsilometes, and Cathy Sievers.  In 2006 I took a workshop with Father Gianluca Busi from Bologna and in 2007 spent a month working in his studio in Italy.  In July 2008 I assisted don Gianluca in conducting a workshop in Edmonton.  I also give private instruction in iconography.  

Most of my icons have been smaller 'personal' or 'hand' icons for individuals however I have also completed a number of larger icons installed in churches, most notably a set of eight 3' X 3' icons installed on the doors of Corpus Christi Church in Vancouver and a St. Joseph for a chapel in London, Ontario. 

Along with Chris Kielsinki and Michal Janek, I was a founding member of Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, and have served as its president for seven years.


In recent years I served on the curriculum advisory board of Living Waters College, in Derwent, Alberta.  I am the designated head of the fine arts section of the college when it opens.  Over the past three years I have led two Iconography workshops there and directed a student production of Macbeth in the summer of 2009. Married in 1976, I have four children, and am a member of Holy Family Parish, Vancouver, an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  Last spring I renewed the stations of the cross for this parish.

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