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Egg Artists Can Raise Funds for Shriners Children’s Hospital

Feb 20, 2024 10:53AM ● By Carol Feineman
These eggs and more will be featured in 11 classes on making egg art. Preregister for the classes at www.norcaleggshow.com or Northern California Eggstravaganza on Facebook. Photos courtesy of Diana Macias


SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Local fine artists are invited to be in the 32nd annual Northern California Eggstravaganza Egg ’N’ Art Show and Sale that benefits the Shriners Children’s Northern California hospital for children in Sacramento. 

The show and sale runs from April 12 to April 14 in Elk Grove. All proceeds from the event go to the Shiners Children’s prosthetic department. 

The Northern California Egg Artists ran the show as a club activity for years and Diana Macias, a club member and a Wilton egg artist, now organizes the show.

Macias expects that a few hundred eggs will be on exhibit from regional and national artists at the event.

“Some people have never seen egg art and they will be surprised and astonished to see what can be done with an egg and the types of art possible with eggs,” Macias said. “It’s not what you think when you think of dying eggs for Easter eggs; it’s real fine arts. Everything that artists have done in art, all of those arts can be done on an egg. There’s no limit to what you can do.”

According to the Library of Congress, egg art is one of the oldest decorative arts. In 2010, a University of Bordeaux (France) team led by Pierre-Jean Texier found etched ostrich eggs in South Africa dating back 65,000 years ago. 

Each year, egg artists at the Northern California Eggstravaganza Egg ’N’ Art Show and Sale donate artwork that will be raffled with all proceeds befitting the children’s hospital. Show genres include porcelain, carving, beading, jewels, miniaturists and sculpting.

Last year’s show in West Sacramento included artists from Berkeley and New York, Texas, Washington and IdahoThis year’s show will be in Elk Grove’s SES Hall, with artists from throughout the United Statesaccording to Macias.

Public viewing hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14. Admission is free. The SES Hall is at 10428 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

While finding out more about egg art, viewers can also learn more about the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Shriners volunteers will provide pamphlets and signage about the nonprofit hospital and answer questions.

Event attendees can also make egg art at a “learning table” for $5 with all proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital. The learning table will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 12 and April 13. Children at least 6 years old up to adults can work on the projects designed for beginners. All materials are supplied.

Eleven classes on making different types of egg art will also be offered April 12 to April 14. Class preregistration is required at www.norcaleggshow.com or Northern California Eggstravaganza on Facebook.

Artists and the public can contact Macias for more information about the upcoming Northern California Eggstravaganza Egg ’N’ Art Show and Sale at [email protected] or at 916-230-9811.

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