Artist Lesia Sochor of Brooks will lead a pair of workshops in pysanky, traditional Ukrainian egg decorating, Saturday, March 24 at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road. Preregistration is required for both workshops and space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 22.

Pysanky has become deeply imbedded in the springtime rituals of the Ukraine. Using a process known as wax resistance, lines of melted beeswax are drawn onto the eggs with a tool known as a kystka. The eggs are then dipped in progressive series of colored dyes and when the wax is removed, the final pattern is revealed. These patterns, all endowed with highly symbolic meaning, are traditionally considered talismans of good fortune for the coming year.

Sochor, a first-generation Ukrainian descendant, learned the art of pysanky from her mother and has given workshops all over Maine spreading this age-old tradition to young and old alike. All materials will be provided and participants will take home their personally decorated eggs, as well as educational handouts.

The first workshop is designed for families and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35 per family of three, $30 for Merryspring family members. The workshop is recommended for children older than age 6; children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. The second workshop is designed for adults and will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $25, $20 for Merryspring members.

To register or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to