Thursday, April 1, 2010

Get Ready For ‘Eggsibition’ At Mag’s Bear Mountain

By John Larson

MAGDALENA – For the last 12 years around Easter time Magdalena artist Yvonne Magener has been sponsoring an egg show – an “Eggsibition” - presenting works of art on all sizes of eggs.
This weekend is the opening of this year’s show, which is held at Bear Mountain Gallery and Coffee House, 902 First Street in Magdalena, the former site of the West Bar.
Magener has been painting eggs with extravagant designs in polymer clay and resin based relief paint, reminiscent of Fabergé eggs made for Nicholas II of Russia in the 19th century, but without the jewels and precious metals.
The eggs in the Eggsibition range from chicken to goose, and even ostrich. “Each egg has been hollowed out making them very fragile,” Magener said. “They are very precious and delicate works of art.”
Media used is as varied as the artists creating them, including watercolors, acrylics, polymer clay, beaded, collaged, pen and ink, crayons, and even sand painting and weaving.

“They are all fabulous,” Magener said. “This year we’ll have at least one hundred eggs featuring incredible artwork.
“Up to 50 were created by Alamo students, and some of theirs are very artistic. They like to give them a Cougar theme,” she said.
Most of the artwork can be purchased, Magener said.
A reception will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 3, at Bear Mountain Gallery, adjacent to the coffee house.
The eggs will be on display through the month of April.

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