Pysanky Egg Decorating Workshop – Session 1

Benjamin Mays Center
95 Russell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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Friday, March 15th at the Benjamin Mays Center

Save the Date! The Bates College Museum of Art will host two Ukrainian egg decorating workshops with Lesia Sochor on Friday, March 15th. There will be two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, at the Muskie Archive building. Exact times for the event are forthcoming. The workshop is free for Bates students and $10 per person for other community members. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration coming soon.

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.

This is the first session of the event. The second session will be held at 1:30PM.