The Art of the Egg
It’s no yolk—‘Art of the Egg’ has become a cherished Evergreen tradition
You know winter’s over when fabulous eggs start popping up all over downtown Evergreen. The “Art of the Egg” project is everything it’s cracked up to be—a celebration of local art that involves professionals and amateurs alike, not to mention downtown businesses and flocks of intrepid egg hunters.
The 12th annual “Art of the Egg,” sponsored by Go Paint! and the Evergreen Downtown Business Association (EDBA), features egg-design contests for professional artists and amateur egg lovers of all ages, a scavenger hunt, and a thrilling finale party where prizes are awarded and the professional eggs are auctioned off to benefit EDBA.
Dozens of eggs-pert artists are selected to compete in the professional division. Starting with a duck-sized egg provided by Go Paint!, they let loose with unfettered imagination and unbounded talent to create one-of-a-kind designs. Sponsored by local businesses, the professional entries are available to bid on up until the finale party on May 1, with proceeds going toward the Downtown Evergreen events, such as the ever popular Holiday Walk.
For the first time this year, high school students will be encouraged to join the ranks of professional egg-artists by signing up for the "High School Pro" category. Students in this category are welcome to find a sponsor to cover their $35 entry fee.
Amateurs do their work at Go Paint!, using an endless rainbow of colors and glazes to create their masterpieces. The amateur division comprises three age groups: 0-7, 8-13, and 14-adult. Entry fee for 13 and under is $15; those 14 and over pay $25. The fee includes all materials and instruction.
Finished eggs in both divisions will be on display April 8-12 at Evergreen National Bank, and April 13-30 at Go Paint!, both on Main Street in downtown Evergreen. Those visiting the display can vote for their favorite designs and bid on professional eggs in the ongoing silent auction.
Back by popular demand following last year’s wildly successful debut, the “Heart of the Egg Hunt” downtown Evergreen scavenger quest will kick off March 29. Small green ceramic eggs, painted with hearts and the letters EDBA, will be placed in downtown stores and restaurants. Egg hunters scramble to have their game cards marked off at each store as they spot the special eggs, and everyone who finishes the hunt is entered into a drawing for bags full of gifts donated by participating merchants.
Everything comes together Wednesday, May 1, with the egg-citing finale party at Go Paint! Many of the artists, their families and friends, and an enthusiastic crowd of local art- and egg-lovers will be on hand to enjoy appetizers and drinks provided by downtown restaurants, vote for their favorites, and bid at the egg auction. Festivities will include live music by Johnny Turner, face-painting, and a wickedly clever balloon artist. Champions in all categories of the design contest, as well as the scavenger hunt drawing winners, will go home with great prizes donated by downtown stores. Children and their families start the festivities off with a special party from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; adults continue the celebration from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information about any aspect of this delightful springtime egg-stravaganza, contact Go Paint! at 303-679-3089 or GoPaintPottery@live.com. Or, better yet, stop by the Go Paint! studio at 4602 Plettner Lane in downtown Evergreen and create your own eggs-traordinary design!