Over the years, he has painted hundreds of icons that have been shipped throughout the country and overseas. The money garnered from these sales goes to the Holy Cross Hermitage.
Icons may be placed in churches as well as homes. Some buy them for spiritual reasons and others for their artistic beauty.
"Most Orthodox churches have lots of icons," Father Andrew said. "Protestants usually would not have them. Some Catholics churches might. Judaism and Islam do not use images."
Images are painted of Christ who became man and walked the earth and also of saints who lived for Christ. An icon is sometimes kissed in reverence to show devotion to Christ and his saints.
"Saints have gone to heaven and can pray and go to the Savior for us," Father Andrew said. "Images bring to mind their presence with us. The church is of the living and the dead. They are alive in heaven, maybe not bodily, until the next resurrection."
While Father Andrew will take orders for icons at the festival, he said he needs a six-month time frame for completing one because of his other duties at the monastery.
"We will have several antique icons for sale," he added. "These are 100 or more years old. We have some from the 19th century. We know a person who deals in antiques and specialize in these. He lets us have some on commission."
The festival will offer the opportunity to learn about the history of iconography in the early Christian Church as well as the modern Orthodox Church.
It is free and open to the public, with free parking in the church lot on Lee Street.
For more information go to www.stgeorgecharleston.org or call 304-346-0106.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.