BMAC offers Ukrainian egg-decorating workshop

BRATTLEBORO — 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.

The 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,” a new release states, “belies the meditative process involved.”

Santa Maria will describe the history and traditions surrounding pysanky, demonstrate decorating techniques, and lead participants in decorating 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 nontraditional colored dyes, and tools.

Space is limited. Register at or 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

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