Ukrainian Easter Egg Painting Class
Ukrainian Easter Egg coloring on Monday, April 18
SOUDAN- The Lake Vermilion Cultural Center is hosting a Ukrainian Easter Egg painting class on Monday, April 18. The class will be held at the Vermilion Park Inn in Soudan. Cost of the class is $25 which includes a soup and sandwich lunch which begins at 12 noon. The class itself runs from 1 – 5 p.m., and all materials will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center. Class size is limited to 15, and pre-registration is required by emailing Email Mary Batinich at email@example.com.
The class is being taught by John and Denise Lindquist. The couple first learned the art of Ukrainian egg decorations when they took a community education class in 1985 from Lucy Karcok, whose eggs are displayed at the Smithsonian. Lucy has also been featured in several articles of the “Ukrainian Weekly.” Since then, the Lindquists have enjoyed sharing how to make these beautiful eggs, called pysanky in Ukrainian, with friends, family, and many others.
Pysanky have been part of the culture of the Ukrainian people dating back to pre-Christianity. The peasants believed there was great power embodied in the egg, so they decorated them in the spring to celebrate the renewal of nature and life. Geometrically decorated eggs with stylized animals were given to symbolize protection, health, fertility, love, bountiful harvest, prosperity, etc. Once Christianity arrived symbols of the church and love of God were incorporated. The dyes were derived from nature and a wax resist process was used whereby melted beeswax was applied to the egg using a kistka (copper cone for scooping beeswax which was wired to a dowel and heated by a candle flame.) If protected from sunlight, small children, and animals the eggs will keep for years.