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Egging Weekend at Sue’s House in Hershey PA – great way to share with other artists and hone your own art

This past weekend my sister and myself went out to Hershey, PA for an egging weekend at our friend Sue Copenhaver’s house. Despite poor weather predicted 6 of us made the adventure happen and it was a great weekend of working on pysanky with other artist….and we really lucked out because we had no snow going there or coming home only while we were there and luckily no icing. We all first met at the Pysanky USA’s PYSANKY retreat in Wilks Barre each summer. There many of the people do these type of egging weekends/get together throughout the year but it is something that I never did so when Sue offered the invite to my Sister Tracy and myself we were delighted to join in. She was a great host and I just had to include these pictures of her Christmas tree which she left up for us to see/enjoy. IT WAS OMG BEAUTIFUL !!!! Believe me these pictures do not do it justice and this one tree you see here had hundreds and hundreds of eggs on it and each egg was done by Sue herself and she does wonderful work. To add to this she also had 3 more eggs trees (just pysanky) in her house and each had a theme….one only had mini quail eggs on it. So sorry I do not have those pictures. Then in her TV room she also had a huge glass top coffee table made by her husband completely filled with goose pysanky. Nevertheless, I highly recommend joining on a pysanky weekend if the opportunity arises…a great way to hone your art. We even had a newbie come….Renee and I think she learned a lot. Thank you Sue for putting together a wonderful weekend!

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Visit to see Helen Badulak – Master of Pysanky at THE ARTFUL EGG in Oley, Pa

On Friday 1/18/19 on my way out to an egging weekend at a Friend’s house in Hershey, PA I stopped by to pay a visit to “The Artful Egg” in Oley, PA to visit with Helen Badulak – author of the wonderful book “PYSANKY in the 21st Century”. The shop run by her talented daughter and pysanky artist Nina Badulak-McDaniel was just incredible. THE ARTFUL EGG has thousands of pysanky mostly done by Helen and family but they also had eggs for sale of several other famous artist too. They were gracious hosts and I bought a couple of Helen’s wonderfully intricate eggs of which I’ll post once I get them in my cabinet the way I want them to be displayed. Nina gave my sister and myself a tour of the whole place and Helen gave a tour of her private work space. She is by far the most intricate pysanky artist and to this day I strive to obtain her perfection. She like myself was mainly self taught. By observing her intricate eggs and talking with her at egg shows I gained a lot of technique tips. In my book I credit her talent as a huge inspiration. She was/is so willing to share her knowledge and if you do not have her book in your collection it is a MUST HAVE! Pictured here is Nina her daughter, myself and Helen holding my book which they had purchased last year and wanted me to sign it since I was there in person. Helen and I have spoken prior to this visit last Spring when I traveled to watch her speak and do a demonstration. I was honored that she had the kindest words to say about my own book. So to conclude here….THE ARTFUL EGG in Oley, PA is a must do visit if you can….anyone will be amazed at vast amount of INCREDIBLE STUNNING eggs in one place.

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