The art and craft of pysanky

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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.

 


Only Two More Spots!

Wow!  The new catalog of classes for the John C. Campbell Folk School just came out a couple of weeks ago and my “Pysanky For All” class August 20-26, 2017, is nearly full.  This is such thrilling news for me because it means I get to go back to that lovely spot in North Carolina and “play eggs” for a whole week with students of all skill levels.

 

I love teaching beginners.  My favorite part is watching their faces as they remove the wax from their very first egg and see the colorful results.  And I love seeing their excitement as they progress through the week, improving in skill and beginning to come up with design ideas on their own.

 

I also love teaching those already experienced with this wax and dye process.  Helping them stretch their artistic muscles as they work with new colors, or techniques, or styles is great fun for me.  I learn almost as much as they do as we work through the week together.

 

Here is a photo of the work my class did for the big “Show and Tell” celebration at the end of the week.  Didn’t they do a great job?  I feel like a proud parent!

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Egg Classes in April

4-petal leaf vine on maroon 1104214Want to learn how to create these lovely eggs?  Along with the Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California I am teaching an introductory and a “next step” class on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

La Sierra Community Center
5325 Engle Road
Carmichael, CA 95608

Introductory Class–9:30-11:45 AM

No experience necessary for this class.

Next Step Class–1-3:30 PM

If you’ve made these eggs before and want to learn a new technique, this is the class for you.

You can get more information and sign up through Carmichael Recreation and Park District or call 916 485-5322.


Do Over

This time of year often brings thoughts about new beginnings but a profound insight hit me recently.  As I reached for a fresh egg to begin yet another project I realized that each egg gives me another chance to have fun, to change my approach, to improve my skill, to make a completely different egg than the last one.  In other words, every egg is a “do over.”  And I am so thankful that I don’t have to be stuck with the past, but can grow and change and develop as an artist as I work on the next egg.

Here’s the amazing thing though.  This principle applies not just to egg art, but to life as well.  All of life is one big “potential” when you think about it.  Each day is a “do over” that waits for me to move forward one small step at a time.  I really like that perspective.  So look out 2012, here I come.


Arts Camp 2011

What a joy to spend a high energy week teaching kids about art and God.  And I don’t say that very often because I highly value my personal, quiet spaces in life.  I am definitely not a high-energy extrovert but I love watching kids blossom as they discover their own artist within.

This year’s class was the best ever.  My five fifth and sixth grade girls picked up the basics of using the wax and dyes very quickly and soon began experimenting with colors and designs on their own eggs.  And best of all, as they concentrated our classroom became a tiny quiet oasis amidst the chaos of over 400 smiling kids, helpers, teachers, musicians, and support staff across the Oak Hills Church campus.  I think my class, students and teachers alike, especially enjoyed that part of each day.

The week finished on a high note with a Friday night Showcase for all the parents.  Afterwards exhausted but excited, I found myself already looking forward to next year’s Arts Camp.  Incredible, isn’t it?  In spite of the hectic schedule, the crazy hours, and the energy it took many of us felt this same way.  It’s a God thing.


Second Saturday in Fair Oaks Village

April 9, 2011 from 7 to 9 PM

Enjoy a relaxed evening at the Fair Oaks Village Second Saturday Art Walk.  I’ll be a Bella Fiore  Florist from 7 to 9 PM answering questions about these eggs.

In addition this Saturday evening will be a time to say farewell to current owners, Bill and Deborah Brown, and say hello to new owners, Dawn and Chris Conyers.  See their blog for more details.


St John’s Art Festival

St. John’s Art Festival opens with a reception Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 5 to 9 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, Sacramento.  This collection of religious and spiritual works runs through Saturday, March 19.

One of my pieces was accepted to this show, and submitting a piece to a juried art show is scary, there is just no way around that.  Fear can keep an artist from sharing and sometimes even creating work.  I know because I’m all too familiar with the self-talk that tells me my pysanky eggs are just a “little thing I do” and not really art.

When I stopped to think about my art-related fears, I realized they mirror my personal fears.  “Will-anyone-else-like-my-eggs” is really just me saying “will-anyone-else-like-me?”  “My-art-is-no-good” becomes “I-am-no-good,” and on and on.

I know to survive as an artist I must learn to separate my art from own self-worth.  And to grow and thrive as a person I need to embrace this separation.  The tricky part is putting this simple truth into practice.  But practice takes…well, practice, so one step at a time I’m working on this personal spiritual discipline by putting my art out into the “real world” beyond my comfort zone.  It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the effort.