An exhibit of folk art created by members of
These eggs were hand painted by many of Uncle Donald's friends and loved ones. Donald even painted a few of them.
One year as Easter approached, instead of dying eggs, we decided to paint them.
When friends came over to visit, we gave them an egg and a brush and let them be creative. The following year we started earlier and painted more often. Easter Egg painting became a tradition which went on for 6 or 7 years.
San Francisco's gay community in the 1980's.
We sure had a lot of talent in our family of friends. Some were artists or graphics people. Others, like me, got in touch with our latent creative ability by joining the painting party. More than 100 eggs were painted and most of the collection has been kept together through the years. The eggs were on display one Easter Season in the window of WORN OUT WEST on Castro. The collection has been moved so many times and has been stored in so many different places, it is surprising that only a few of the eggs have been broken.
Many of our egg painters are no longer with us and so this exhibit is dedicated to their memory which lives on in our hearts and in these eggs.
How we did it
We bought brushes and a few bottles of different colors of acrylic paint. We poked little holes in both ends of an egg and blew into one hole, forcing the liguid out through the other hole. To support the eggs while painting and drying, we used those little plastic things that they put in the middle of a delivery pizza to keep the cardboard cover from squishing it. Turned upside down, they make perfect little egg stands.
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