Workshop teaches the art of egg decoration

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BRATTLEBORO — On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., pysanky artist and instructor Jenny Santa Maria will lead a hands-on workshop at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on the traditional Ukrainian folk art of egg decoration. Participants will leave the workshop with a beautiful colored egg.

Pysanky technique is similar to batik. Patterns are drawn on an egg with hot beeswax, which protects covered areas from subsequent applications of colored dyes. When the wax is removed, a multi-colored pattern is revealed. The finished product, with its intricate designs and symbols, belies the meditative process involved.

Santa Maria will describe the history and traditions surrounding pysanky, demonstrate decorating techniques, and lead participants in making their own eggs. This workshop is for adults and teens (ages 13 and up). The fee of $30 ($25 for BMAC members) includes all materials, including eggs, hard-to-find traditional and non-traditional colored dyes, and tools. This workshop has sold out in the past. Participants must register in advance at bit.ly/BMACegg or by calling 802-257-0124 ext. 101.

Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, the museum is wheelchair accessible. Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.

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