The new Harlow Gallery 2008 ArtTalk series begins Tuesday, February 12, 7 PM to 9 PM, with a demonstration and workshop on the centuries-old tradition of painting UKRAINIAN EGGS.West Gardiner artist Juanita Stevens Longwell will bring this ancient art to life as she demonstrates and describes the symbols, origins, and legends surrounding the making of these eggs-traordinary eggs. Ukrainian peasants for centuries have guarded the secrets used to create their intricate works of art. These eggs were created before the dawn of Christianity using only the simplest of tools. If simple peasants thousands of years ago could succeed at creating these works of art, just think of the wonderful eggs you will be able to turn out, using the more modern tools that Juanita will provide for you to try. Following along as Juanita leads you through each step of the ancient process, you will be fascinated by the jewel like beauty and intricate design that is revealed as you remove layers of black wax from your very first Ukrainian egg. The colors magically appear as you warm your egg in the flame of a candle.
Come! Join us on the 12th. Create a beautiful, Ukrainian egg of your own. Learn the secrets and you will have time to produce a beautiful bowl of Ukrainian eggs for Easter. Then you can pass on the tradition to your own family.
A talented painter, Juanita Stevens Longwell frequently shows her landscapes and portraits at the Harlow Gallery, as well as other locations.Artistically inclined, every time Juanita saw a picture of a Ukrainian egg she was fascinated by its beauty and detail. Then one day in 1980 she discovered a Ukrainian egg decorating kit in a gift shop. She was delighted, took it home, followed the directions and created her first egg. She had no pattern or design to follow, just instructions, so she designed as she went along. She was fascinated with the results and she was hooked. She found more books on the subject, with traditional designs. From then on it became a family tradition as she taught her daughters and grandchildren. Soon neighbors and friends wanted to learn, and then she was being called to teach classes and workshops. A Worcester, Massachusetts, television station heard of her work and asked her to produce a show for them. The New EnglandScienceCenter in Worcester also wanted a show. That is how it all started and she has been teaching the art of Ukrainian egg decorating ever since.
Art Talks are free and open to the public.Many thanks to our season sponsor, Savings Bank of Maine