Egg artists scrambling for votes

‘Eggsibition’ will continue downtown until Mother’s Day

SPECIAL DELIVERY — Three oversized, hand-painted wooden eggs are awaiting delivery to downtown businesses for the 2019 Great Steubenville Eggsibition. The 3-foot tall eggs, painted by local artists, will be on display through Mother’s Day. -- Linda Harris

STEUBENVILLE — Thirty oversized wooden eggs, hand-painted by local artists, have made their way into downtown storefronts, part of the third-annual Great Steubenville Eggsibition.

Organizer Therese Nelson said they got the idea for the Eggsibition from egg festivals in the Ukraine, Poland and Austria, where the finished eggs are loaded onto wagons and paraded through town.

“We thought it would be a cool idea to highlight some of our local artists and businesses,” said Nelson, who admits the Eggsibition was in the works even before Steubenville’s highly successful Nutcracker Village. But, unlike Nutcracker Village, “for this project, we have a different artist for every egg.”

“It’s just a fun way of getting people to participate,” Nelson said.

Local businesses and organizations sponsor the eggs, which are crafted by Nelson’s.

She said there are seven new eggs — and artists — volunteering their time and talents this year, bringing the total to 30.

The eggs are placed in the front windows of participating businesses so the public can view their handiwork. All of the eggs are family friendly.

“Artists have complete freedom to do what they want with their egg. What they do with it is entirely up to the artist,” Nelson said. “One artist chose to paint over an egg she did the first year and give it a new design, which gives (visitors) something new to look for.”

Maps marking the location of every egg on display will be available later this week at the participating businesses.

There’s also a chalk egg — Love Where You Live! — that passersby and customers are encouraged to stop and help decorate, and a “tree” adorned with 200 miniature painted wooden eggs decorated by patrons at April’s First Fridays on Fourth event is located in a storefront across from the coffee shop.

“We want people to pick up a map, then go out and find all the eggs,” Nelson said, suggesting people check the eggs off as they find them. She said selfies with the eggs are encouraged and can be posted to the group’s Facebook Page (The Great Steubenville Eggsibition) or Instagram @SteubieArtEggs.

When they’ve finished the Eggsibition tour, Nelson said visitors can go back to Leonardo’s and, for $1, vote for their favorite.

“Every dollar put in for a specific egg counts as a vote,” Nelson said. “The winning egg gets all the money.”

Nelson said last year’s winning entry was designed by the Sirilla family, a project spearheaded by “a mom with seven kids, all of them still at home. They all helped with it.” Their egg, Belleview Spring Fantasia, depicted local landmarks.

“This year, she has a son, a daughter, two sisters and a niece each entering one,” Nelson said. “It’s a very talented family.”

The eggs will be on display through Mother’s Day.

Painting all-new eggs for 2019 are Amber Knorr, Bridget Hostetler, Kelly DeLaratta, Augustine Sirilla, Faith Sirilla and Brodie Stutzman.

Returning fan favorites are:

¯ Remembering Their Legacy, by Justyne Strohmeyer

¯ Church Graffiti, by Christine Cerrato

¯ The Jelly Bean Prayer, by Anna Chaney

¯ Once Upon A Seahorse, by Justine Schmiesing

¯ Egglectic CollaborEggtion, by Steubenville Art Association

¯ Eggsquisite, by Marianna Schmiesing

¯ Happy Easter, Bridget Riley, by Gerald Van Scyoc

¯ A Legacy of Faith, by Lana Deyoe

¯ Ciche Noce Spokoine Gwiazdy (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), by Brodie Stutzman

¯ Nutcracker Printemps, by Laura Sirilla

¯ Belleview Spring Fantasiam, by the Sirilla Family

¯ Something Fishy, by Justine Schmiesing

¯ Midnight Sky, by Christine Venditti

¯ Magyar Memories, by The DeLaratta Family

¯ Sapphire Reflection, by Kateri Schmiesing

¯ The Tardis, by Jim Chaney

¯ Hope of Eternity, by the Nelson Sisters

¯ Spokoj (Serenity), by Michael Manocchia

¯ An Eggcellent Canvas, by Christine Venditti

¯ Sugar Bunnies, by Alysia Basluke

¯ Norbert, by Gretchen & Dominic Nelson

¯ Balance, by Kelly DeLaratta

¯ Karl, by Michael Manocchia

¯ The 100 Acre Wood, by Stephanie King

¯ Love Where You Live!

Sponsors and locations for 2019 are: Ace Optical, Americans for Prosperity, Antique Warehouse, Bookmarx, Downtown Bakery, Drosselmeyer’s, Eastern Gateway Community College, First National Bank, Historic Fort Steuben, Francesca Carinci, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Froehlich’s Classic Corner, Grand Theater, the Herald-Star, Huntington National Bank, Leonardo’s, McCauslen’s Florist, McKeegan Law Office, Mike Sullivan Contracting, Mike’s Sweeper Center, Naples, Nelson’s of Steubenville, New China Garden, Oklok Criss & Associates, Prodigal Daughter, Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Smitty’s Floor Emporium, Steubenville Popcorn Co., Sycamore Center, The Laurels of Steubenville, Title Company LTD, Tri-State Financial Services, Tri-State Printing, Trinity Health System and Two Brothers’ Dry Cleaning.

(Harris can be reached at lharris@heraldstaronline.com)

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