Adkins Arboretum Offers Nontraditional Pysanky Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - FEBRUARY 22, 2010)

Create a beautiful egg in a time-honored Ukrainian tradition when Adkins Arboretum offers Nontraditional Pysanky on Thursday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pysanky eggs are created using motifs rooted in nature and the cycles of life. Designs, including spiders, sheaves of wheat, spirals, stars and circles, bees, flowers, grapes, birds, and mammals, are made with an instrument called a kistka, beeswax, and dyes. This workshop will explore the art in a free form, using symbolism incorporated in design to create an egg that tells a specific story. Each participant will receive a Pysanky kit containing the basic tools and materials required for the class. Instructor Coreen Weilminster, who learned the art from her great-aunts, has been making Pysanky for nearly 20 years. Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided.

The program fee is $30 for Arboretum members and $35 for the general public. Pre-registration is required. Register at www.adkinsarboretum.orghttp://adkinsarboretumorg.presencehost.net/programs_events/index.html?index_item=62598&db_item=listitem">www.adkinsarboretum.org>, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.