Nature center to hold egg decorating workshop

Posted March 29, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
Last modified March 30, 2011, at 10:48 a.m.

CAMDEN — Lesia Sochor will lead a pair of workshops on traditional Ukrainian egg decorating on Saturday, April 9, at Merryspring Nature Center.

Ukrainian egg decorating, or pysanky, has become deeply embedded in the springtime rituals of the Ukraine. Using a process known as wax resistance, lines of melted beeswax are drawn onto the eggs with a tool known as a Kystka. The eggs then are dipped in a progressive series of colored dyes, and when the wax is removed, the final pattern is revealed. These patterns, all endowed with highly symbolic meaning, are traditionally considered talismans of good fortune for the coming year.

Sochor, an artist from Brooks and a first-generation Ukrainian descendant, learned the art of pysanky from her mother.

The first workshop is designed for families and will be held 10 a.m.-noon. The family workshop cost is $35 per family of three, $30 Merryspring family members. The workshop is recommended for children older than 6, and children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

The second workshop is designed for adults and will be held 12:30-2:30 p.m. The adult workshop cost is $25, $20 Merryspring members.

All materials will be provided, and each participant will take home their personally decorated egg as well as educational handouts.

Preregistration is required for both workshops, and space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 7. To register or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239.

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