Artist Lesia Sochor of Brooks will lead a pair of workshops in traditional Ukrainian egg decorating Saturday, March 20 at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road. Pre-registration is required for both workshops and space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 18.

Sochor is a first-generation Ukrainian descendant. Through centuries of tradition, pysanky, or the art of Ukrainian egg decorating, has become deeply imbedded in the springtime rituals of the Ukraine. Using a process known as wax resistance, lines of melted beeswax are drawn onto the eggs with a tool known as a kystka. The eggs are then dipped in progressive series of colored dyes and, when the wax is removed, the final pattern is revealed. These patterns, all endowed with highly symbolic meaning, are traditionally considered talismans of good fortune for the coming year.

Sochor, who learned the art form from her mother, has given workshops all over the state spreading this age-old tradition to young and old alike. All materials will be provided and each participant will take home their personally decorated egg as well as educational handouts.

The first workshop is designed for families and will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per family of three, $30 for Merryspring family members. The workshop is recommended for children older than age 6, and children younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

The second workshop is designed for adults and will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25, $20 for Merryspring members. To register for either workshop, or for more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or visit merryspring.org.

Merryspring is a member-supported, nonprofit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.