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Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • Posted March 10, 2010

Pysanky means Ukrainian Easter Eggs. This old art form, having been practiced in Ukraine since before the birth of Christ, is a traditional Lenten practice in the Ukraine. Designs are drawn on raw eggs with melted beeswax, then dyed. Successive markings of wax and dye baths, with each successive dye darker than the previous one, follow until the desired design is achieved.

The eggs are created during the forty days of Lent and distributed as gifts to friends and families at the first Easter service on Easter morning. The designs on traditional eggs are very symbolic of the Christian faith – and the egg itself is a symbol of the Resurrection, containing as it does the promise of continuing life. Following the Easter Mass, the giver of the egg will present it to the recipient saying the Easter acclamation, "Christ is risen!" The person receiving it will reply "The Lord is risen indeed!" Designs on eggs need not be confined to traditional motifs. Only ones imagination is the limit of what can be created with such simple materials – and the bright and beautiful colors of the dyes are a stimulus to everyone’s creativity.

The FAAHC(Fine Art Association of the Hill Country) will sponsor a workshop presented by Susan Summers of Brady. The Where, Why, and How of Pysanky! The workshop includes a hands-on experience in creating these beautiful colorful eggs. The workshop will begin at 10AM on March 19, 2010 at Susan’s home in Brady. We will break for lunch at Me Familia and then continue the egg workshop in the afternoon. If you are interested in attending the Pysanky workshop please call Judy Uherek, (325) 265-4480, , or Susan Summers, (405) 229-2287, Directions to Susan’s home and carpooling information will be given on registering for the class.

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