Join artist Lesia Sochor for an interactive workshop on Pysanka, the art of Ukrainian egg decorating. All proceeds will benefit World Central Kitchen WCK has been serving meals to thousands of families escaping the violence in Ukraine and to people still remaining in the country each day.
Waterfall Arts will host a Ukrainian egg decorating workshop with Lesia Sochor on Thursday, April 7. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here or call (207) 338-2222 to register. The fee for the workshop is $10 per person and additional donations can be made the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Instructor Lesia Sochor is an artist of Ukrainian descent who lives in Brooks, Maine. She learned the ancient spring tradition of decorating Pysanky from her mother and has shared this craft in numerous workshops throughout the state.
The Pysanka, a decorated egg was common among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and was deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. When decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style, designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax, which flows from a tool called a Kystka. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed.
If you are interested in seeing more of Lesia’s work, The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. has reinstalled Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal, an exhibition inspired by the beautiful tradition of intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter egg painting. It will be on view from March 10 – July 31, 2022. Three new works created in response to the current crisis in Ukraine are featured in the exhibition.