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Egg artist is "Arkansas Living Treasure"

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Lorrie Popow and her painted, carved and batik eggs.
  • Lorrie Popow and her painted, carved and batik eggs.

If you, like me, haunt the arts and crafts fairs in Little Rock, you've seen Lorrie Popow's egg art, or pysanky, with its intricate designs. It comes as no surprise that this egg artist is of Ukrainian descent, having grown up in a Ukrainian neighborhood in Chicago. Now she lives in Hot Springs, and has been recognized by the Arkansas Arts Council as the 2015 Arkansas Living Treasure, an honor for outstanding craftspeople who have contributed to their art form.

The Arts Council says Popow was inspired to paint on eggs as a child of 8 after she saw some in a shop window in her neighborhood. She also does filigree work. She and her husband, Tom, moved to  lived in Hot Springs Village in 1973. The news release from the Arts Council quotes Popow as saying,  "All of my adult life, I've been taking care of ill family members. When I work on my eggs, it's therapeutic. I go into another world. ...  "All of my eggs mean something to me."

You can see a You Tube video of a Popow lesson in pysanky here. She also maintains a Facebook page, "Eggs and Things by Lorrie Popow, Pysanky Batik Filigree Carved Decoupage Artist."
 
A public reception to meet the artist is set for 5-7 p.m. May 12 at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Reservations required; call 501-324-9766 or email faye@arkansasheritage.org by May 8.


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