Eggsibition brings color into the egg world

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Easter is right around the corner, and so is the 12th annual Eggsibition to be held at Vertu Fine Art Gallery.

Egg artist Yvonne Magener creates colorful, bejeweled and bedazzled eggs. Each egg at the Eggsibition is different and special in its own way. The Eggsibition opens March 10 continues through March 31.

The eggs are colorful and stand out to show creativity and details within each design, she said. Each egg is carefully crafted for the Eggsibition.

In past Eggsibitions, Magener invited children from Alamo and Magdalena Elementary Schools.

“I try to involve as many people as I can,” Magener said. “Painting on a flat surface is different than painting on an egg.”

Magener has been decorating eggs for 20 years, she said. It initially started out as something to do between Magener and her family at their house for Easter, she said.

At the Eggsibition, people can create their own eggs patterns, using mixed media including collages, paint, crochet or embroidery around the eggs, she said.

Submitted photo by Yvonne Magener: Mary Lou Trujillo from Magdalena decorated goose eggs at a past eggsibition. The 12th annual eggsibition will be at the Vertu Fine Art Gallery starting March 10 through Easter.

Magener said painting and decorating eggs is a tradition in different cultures, and that different countries have their own ways of decorating and coloring eggs. The eggs people will decorate at the Eggsibition will be for sale starting at $10.

Magener started the Eggsibition 11 years ago because she was working at Alamo School and did it as an art project for the children, she said. The event is free, and this year she is focusing on quality rather than quantity.

“My favorite is doing it and seeing all the designs people come up with,” Magener said.

Whoever wants to participate can do it for next year and start decorating eggs now. It can take some time and people can put in as much time as they want. According to the eggsibition website, the eggs can be from a pheasant, chicken, goose, emu, ostrich or made from any other kind of material.