Date(s) - 04/09/2022
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Acclaimed pysanky artist and instructor Jenny Santa Maria leads a hands-on, in-person workshop on the traditional Ukrainian folk art of egg decoration on Saturday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC). Participants will leave the workshop with a beautiful colored egg. BMAC will donate all proceeds from the workshop to Ukrainian relief efforts.
Santa Maria will describe the history and traditions surrounding pysanky, demonstrate decorating techniques, and lead participants in making their own eggs. This two-hour workshop is for adults and older teens (ages 16 and up). The fee of $55 ($50 for BMAC members) includes all materials, including eggs, hard-to-find traditional and non-traditional colored dyes, and tools. Space is limited. Register at brattleboromuseum.org or 802-257-0124 ext. 101.
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 multicolored pattern is revealed. The finished product, with its intricate designs and symbols, belies the meditative process involved.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10-4. Admission is on a “pay-as-you-wish” basis. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.