Celebrate the spring at Long Branch Public Library with instructor, Jenny Santa Maria, who will be demonstrating the art of Pysanky (Ukrainian eggs). To create an intricately designed egg, a special writing tool draws on the egg with wax. As the egg is dipped in various saturated dyes, the wax preserves each step. When the wax is removed, the final design is revealed. During the demonstration, Jenny will explain the history of this ancient art while creating a decorated egg which will be given to someone in the audience. Examples of her finished work, references, and books will be provided for additional learning opportunities. All ages are welcome to attend.
The instructor, Jenny Santa Maria, has created many beautiful eggs that have been featured in numerous periodicals including the Wall St. Journal. She considers her work batik eggs because they have a more modern aesthetic and stretch the boundaries of the traditional process. For some eggs, a design is worked and reworked dozens of times until the design can be retired. From textiles to wrapping paper, many references have contributed to her body of work. She has been teaching pysanky for several years in various settings like libraries, artist retreats and museums but always appreciates intimate settings where families and friends can gather. Many years ago it all started with private lessons in her living room and she tries to bring that same special quality to each and every workshop. There is no greater joy than keeping this soulful process alive and bringing families together through the arts.