PUNXSUTAWNEY – The annual Pysanky Eggstravaganza takes place in early March at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.
The Eggstravaganza takes place every year on the weekend after Ash Wednesday, March 3-5. The event will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The event is free for all with the material provided. The class is taught and guided by local Jeanne Curtis. She recommends having at least two hours available for those planning to decorate an egg.
Pysanky is a Ukrainian Easter egg craft, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk patterns and using wax resist method.
Curtis also encourages all past pysanky participants to bring their finished eggs with them to display to other workshop participants.
A commonality among those into pysanky is traveling to find workshops and “play dates,” as Curtis calls them. A few people who are more advanced have attended the workshop hours away in the past.
Curtis developed a passion for decorating pysanky eggs after taking an art course at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. This experience inspired her to hold her own annual workshops on the art of egg dyeing over the Easter holidays.
She started teaching classes and leading workshops on egg decorating, trying to make it as affordable as possible. After a while, she decided to run just one free workshop over a three-day period around Easter.
For her Easter workshop, she brings all her inspirational colorings, designs and pysanky books and teaches others how to make pysanky eggs. After the workshop is over, Curtis takes all the eggs home to remove the wax and suck the raw egg from the inside. She then varnishes them and exhibits them at the historical society, where her students can pick up their finished eggs.