Arts Council
Capitol Easter Egg Display Represents Art and Craft from 78 Kentucky Counties

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 05, 2006  
Contact Information:  Ed Lawrence
Public Information Officer

On behalf of First Lady Glenna Fletcher, the Kentucky Arts Council extended an invitation to every County Extension Office in Kentucky to find a very special Easter egg to represent their county in a display now showing at the Capitol until April 13 and then on to the Governor’s Mansion in time for the Governor’s 2nd Annual Easter Egg Roll on Saturday April 15, 2006.

Some counties had contests, some opened it up to the schools and others invited artists that they knew would represent them well.  The results were incredible with a wide variety of approaches to the Easter egg idea.  There are painted and carved eggs from chickens, ducks, geese, emus, rheas and ostriches.  There are sculpted eggs and egg figurines from polymer clay, ceramic and papier-mâché. There are hand-turned wooden eggs, blown glass eggs, gourd eggs, crocheted eggs, quilted eggs, wool felted eggs, and sugar eggs.  “These eggs are wonderful,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher.  “I am always so impressed by how much talent we have in Kentucky from every part of the state.  They will be a wonderful addition to our annual Easter Egg Roll.”

There was also a wide variety in the ages of the artists that created eggs for the display.  The youngest was 9-year old Seth Ramey of Flemingsburg who started his egg with a pop can, formed foil around it to make the egg shape, and then covered the frame with clay.  He finished the egg by painting scenes from Fleming County on it.  Lorraine Criswell, at 92, is probably the oldest artist participating, although there are several octogenarians whose work has been selected for the display.  Criswell is a retired Home Economics teacher from Grayson in Carter County and an active member of the Lindsey-Pactolus Homemakers Club who volunteers her time crocheting baby blankets for the Linus Foundation.


The Easter Egg Display will be in the Capitol display cases in Frankfort, through Thursday, April 13, 2006.  The Capitol is open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm – 4 p.m.  The display was coordinated and presented by the Kentucky Arts Council, a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet.


NOTE TO EDITORS:  See below for a complete list of each county participating, the name of the artist and the type of technique used in creating the egg.  High- resolution print quality color photos of each egg are available upon request to


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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet that invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation.  Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.



Allen County

Nadine Wilkerson andDennis Meador

Nadine Wilkerson prepped a styrofoam egg and handpainted dogwood onto the surface using acrylic paints. Dennis Meador hand turned a piece of dogwood for the base.


Anderson County

Louketa Woods

Sealed, painted and added ornaments and art work


Barren County

Mary Lou McShane

Foam egg was covered in sequins and embellished with jewelry originally owned by the artist's mother.


Bourbon County

Sylvia Zingg

Multimedia including acrylic paints, pen and ink, and rhinestones on blown hen's egg.


Boyd County

Janet Jarvis



Boyle County

Mary Helen Cooley

Wooden egg, painted with acrylic gloss


Bracken County

Lauren Elliott

Ceramic turned on potter's wheel


Breckinridge County

Brett Austen & Bill Patterson

Ceramics, 30 different paints and glazes were used.  Small glass dish was used as a mold for the egg, and a casserole was used as a mold for the stand.


Butler County

Johnathon Barks

Each participant was given a papier-mache egg and told to decorate the egg using the items available


Caldwell County

Linda Cravens

Ceramic egg made using a mold.


Carlisle County

Judy Brent

The egg is made from an egg gourd grown, dried, cleaned, and hand painted.


Carter County

Lorraine Criswell



Christian County

Linda Durham

This is a real goose egg.  The decorations are done with paper quilling and embellished with beads.


Clark County

Sharon Dunn

Molded chocolate


Clay County

Ruby Parker

Egg shell is soaked in water and cut with small scissors.  Decorative accessories are added.


Crittenden County

Rev. Wayne Garvey



Cumberland County

Kim White

Paper mache with decorative threads and rhinestones


Daviess County

Rhonda McEnroe

Egg gourd decorated with acrylic paint and copper wiring


Edmonson County

Anna Sturgeon

Ostrich egg that was hand painted with acrylic paint.  It is an original design by the artist.


Elliott County

Sharon Boggs

Wooden egg was made on lathe, sanded smooth, then painted with acrylic paint


Estill County

Carlie Scriver

Hand poured and hand painted by artist


Fayette County

Jo Ann Birdsong



Fleming County

Seth Ramey

Seth started his egg with a pop can, then formed foli around it to make the egg shape, then covered the frame with clay.  He let it dry, then painted the egg with scenes from Fleming County.


Floyd County

Cody Gillespie

This collage was created using broken egg shell, food sprinkles, glue, and other "recycled" items.


Gallatin County

Debbie Moore

6” x 8" canvas with acrylic paints    


Garrard County

Loretta Adams

Folded fabric quilted egg


Grant County

Elaine Beighle

Using greenware, it was cleaned, painted, fired, glazed, and then fired again.


Grayson County

Betty Howell

Painted wooden egg with craft paint, cut design from paper napkin, glued on, sprayed with adhesive and glitter sprinkled over the egg.


Green County

Maxideen Pruitt

Ostrich egg, with painted rabbit


Greenup County

Claudine Williamson

Ceramic egg.  Slip poured into a mold, fired, peach glaze applied, then a gold overglaze, then the glazed duck was attached inside.


Hancock County

Glenn Stewart

Wood carving


Harrison County

Rev. Lawrence Bowald, Pastor of the Cynthiana Presbyterina Church

Ukrainian process where wax is applied to egg, dipped in various colors, then wax is melted off. 


Henry County

Neal Morris

The egg is a turned piece of mahogany with Baltic Birch inlay.  The stand had to be cut 4 times and the birch inserted.  All of Neal's woodworking is hand sanded and hand finished


Hopkins County

Mary Ann Russo

An ostrich egg from Kentucky was painted with acrylic paint.  The artist incorporated the symbols of Kentucky into the painting on the egg.


Jessamine County

Colina Shannon

An ostrich egg with decopague violets


Johnson County

Anna Wells

Made of clay, carved and pit-fired


Kenton County

Alicia Beach

Painting on wood egg


Knott County

Etta Jo Gayheart

Crocheted egg with bread dough roses


Larue County

Beverly S. Heath

The shell of the egg is made from sugar and water.  The decorations are made from sugar and egg whites.  The scene inside is of the Lincoln Cabin and rail fence.


Laurel County

Susan Slusher

Bisque egg was fired three times, handpainted with 14K gold and the picture were inspired by the downtown streetscape project.


Lawrence County

Constance Queen

Emu egg, painted and decorated. Original work


Lee County

Leighandra Shouse

hand painted egg gourd


Leslie County

Faye Couch

Used the decoupage technique with a paper napkin.  Once this was dry, the egg was embellished with satin ribbon, sequins, and pearl pins.


Letcher County

Alice Craft

Crocheted around a plastic Easter Egg.  Crocheted flowers, then hand sewn along with beads.


Lewis County

Leoma Rigdon

Hollowed out styrofoam egg, applied paint, lace and other decorative items


Lincoln County

Elizabeth Kernen

Egg gourd embellished with toothpicks, pine cone pieces, paper, plastic stems with other decorations.


Livingston County

Sheena Thomas-Brown

Wooden egg, painted


Lyon County

Marilyn Reibel

Crazy Patch quilt pattern was chosen, stuffed with batting, each quilt piece is hand stitched


Magoffin County

Ashley Plumme

A styrofoam egg was used as the base.  Decorative beads were added using straight pins.


Marion County

Tina Craig

Wood burned gourd with stain added to frame design and add color


Mason County

Karen Fulton

Acrylic paint on wood


McCreary County

Virginia Swangin

Painted gourd


Meade County

Theresa Mattingly

Used concrete and plaster paris mixture (1/2 and 1/2).  Placed mixture in egg mold overnight.  Removed egg and wrapped in polymer clay.  Put in oven for 30 minutes to bake.  Died sea shells purple and let dry overnight.  I glued the shells together to form flowers and leaves.  The stem for the flowers is coated wire.  The base is also made from sea shells.


Metcalfe County

June Eason

Goose egg was cut with a dremmel tool, then painted and finally arrangement was placed inside of the shell.


Monroe County

Margie Bartley

Acrylic paint on a wooden egg.


Montgomery County

Imogene Updike

The egg is woven using number 2 round natural reed for stakes and 1/4" flat ovals for weavers.  A styrofoam egg is used as a foundation mold.  The process involves adding stakes to achieve the egg shape.  The weaving is continuous.  The egg is decorated with spring ribbon and a flower.  The design is an original pattern developed by the artist.      


Muhlenberg County

Garris Stroud, age 11 & sister Amara, age 6

A wooden egg form was used to start, with plastic jewels, were used to make the shape of Muhlenberg County with a pick ax to represent the coal industry that was so large in our county.


Nelson County

Linda Wells

Egg carved and decorated


Nicholas County

Michael Stracner

Emu egg carved highlighted pattern with paint and varnished


Owen County

Kene Thornton

Blown Glass


Owsley County

Nancy Gabbard

The egg came from an emu that was raised in Owsley County.  Nancy created the egg from various recycled items that she had collected including the following: scraps of fabric to create the rabbit and skirting, a shredded extension newsletter to represent the Easter grass, and a used moisturizing cream jar for the stand.  Cotton battin was used to create the tail


Perry County

Katie Campbell

Easter egg and stand made from scrap materials


Powell County

Janet Ford

Hand sculpted with polymer clay, baked and glazed


Rowan County

June Baber

Wooden egg with fabric


Russell County

Charon Gray

Egg was cut by use of a dremel tool and decorated by adding paint, Modge Podge and embellishments.


Scott County

Carolyn Poe



Shelby County

Joanna Olive

Used 2 real eggs--goose and small gamebird


Spencer County

Louis Platt

Spencer County is known as the Gourd Capitol of Kentucky.  This decorated egg is made from an egg gourd painted with acrylic paint.


Taylor County

Karen Prince

The egg and base is made entirely of polymer clay.  A real goose eggshell was covered with polymet clay bead and rope shapes.  Various textures were pressed into thte clay, and the egg was baked until the clay was hardened.  The egg was then submersed in vinegar for 24 hours to dissolve the eggshell.  Multiple glazes of acrylic paint and iridescent dry pigments were applied over the clay and sealed with clear acrylic finish.


Todd County

Ramona Roberts

This is a duck egg that has been hollowed out and decorated.


Trigg County

Charlotte Wilson

Emu egg, drained and cleaned.  Painted with acrylics.


Union County

Erma Norris

Rhea Egg process


Warren County

Joyce Cloutier

Hand drawn and glazed


Washington County

Norma Jean Campbell

Needle felted using wool from the farm flock.  All wool (except crushed dried lavender used for aroma and moth repellent--also raised on farm) wool is processed, hand dyed on the farm.


Wayne County

Mary Gibson-Korreck

Egg with windows cut out, decorated, ceramic bunny in hat inside.


Webster County

Janet Burke

The 6 inch wooden egg was created by Henderson County High School carpentry class.  It was painted using acrylic paints.


Wolfe County

Linda Harse-Lancette

Goose egg, Pysanky process for colored design:  Pysanky, or pysankas, is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated using a wax-resist (batik) method.  


Woodford County

Bessie Bain

Acrylic paints on wooden egg.





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