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Northern California Eggstravaganza 2018

Northern California Eggstravaganza 2018- “Winter Wonderland
Crowne Plaza Northeast   5321 Date Avenue  Sacramento, CA 95841

Show and Sale
March 3, 2018–10 AM to 5  PM
March 4, 2018–10 AM to 3  PM

Seminars
March 1-4, 2018

It’s time to get these dates on your calendar.  I’ll be selling my pysanky and egg jewelry in the showroom plus teaching two classes on Saturday morning, March 3.  For more class info, click here.

 

The 2018 Incredible Eggs Calendar

It’s here…the new calendar filled beautiful egg pictures and I am honored to report you will find photos of my work along with pysanky and batik-style eggs from all over the world.  Click here to get the purchasing details and to preview each page.

My Happy Place

Wow, I just spent a week teaching “Pysanky for All” at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, and I declare to one and all…this is my happy place.

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Farm House, my home for the week.

For those who are not familiar with the Folk School, think of summer camp…only year around…for adults…filled with folk art classes…on 300 beautiful acres of gently rolling hills and woodlands…with other like-minded life-long learners.  That should give you the beginnings of an idea of this place.

 

Years ago my sister and I attended an artisan bread-baking class there.  In spite of the misty cold January weather, we had a blast baking all week long.  With our fellow students we started with basic breads and then experimented with sourdoughs, crusty ciabattas and even got to bake in the wood-fired hearth oven right there in the kitchen.  The communal meal-times offered lots of opportunity to meet fellow students and instructors from around the country.  I fell in love with this whole concept of non-competitive, cooperative learning based on the Danish “folkhojskole” or folk high school and I knew I wanted to come back someday and teach.

 

It took me a few years to gain enough experience teaching and then a few more years to work up the courage to apply, but I was delighted to teach for the first time in June 2016.  And even more delighted when they asked me back for this year’s class and scheduled me for October 7-13, 2018.

This year’s class of eight students exceeded my expectations greatly.  On Monday morning we worked our way through an introductory egg to learn the basics.  Step-by-step through the next few days they gained skills and confidence so that by the end of the week they were designing and completing their own masterpieces.  We bonded as a group quickly and constantly helped each other by calling out, “Did you plug your egg?” as one or more students headed for the dye table.  “Show and tell,” was followed by oohs and aahs as the finished eggs made their way around the class.

 

Quilt in hands

Class egg basket

Finished class eggs from our week together.

Saturday and the end of our stay came too quickly, but with the hope of a return trip next year, we parted as long-time friends instead of students and teacher.  That’s a really good feeling in my book.

The total eclipse was a wonderful unexpected extra.

Art Immersion Week at the Studio

For the first time we are offering a whole week of classes at the Studio at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. Think of it as Arts Camp for older youth and adults.  Featuring ceramics, drawing, painting, paper crafts and egg art on five different nights, classes begin Monday, July 24, 2017.  Check here for more details and to register for one or more classes.

 

I’ll be teaching the beginning pysanky class on Friday, July 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Sign up early to get a discount and reserve your spot.

Arts Camp 2017 – Go Wild!

And go wild we did.  A fast-paced week filled with all kinds of art.  My class was the BEST, of course.

Time to Register

If you have a 5th or 6th grader who’d like to learn how to create pysanky, here’s a great opportunity.  Every year Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California, hosts a week-long Arts Camp for incoming 1st through 6th graders.  This year I’ll be teaching a class on pysanky and as of today there are only three spots open so don’t wait too long to sign up your student.

iFest 2017

This Saturday from 5 to 9 PM in village Green Park of Rancho Cordova.  It’s a fun event for the whole family.  I’ll have a cultural display booth of pysanky so come out and say hi!