WASHINGTON — Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road, presents works of Ukrainian folk art by Lois Eastman, including a display of the process and materials used in creating pysanky eggs, throughout May and June.

Eastman’s interest in art began in childhood. She started making pysanky when she was five years old. Growing up in a household that included her grandparents, she was surrounded by family members engaged in a variety of art forms and Old World traditions.

“Every year before Easter, my mother, aunts, various cousins and I would gather at my grandmother’s kitchen table to make pysanky,” Eastman said. “We were taught the ‘pin-drop-pull’ technique, which meant to stick a common pin over a candle, dip the hot tip into a cake of beeswax, then drop the tip onto the egg and pull a teardrop shape. We could change the color of designs by dipping the eggs into colored dyes, lined up along the shelves in my grandmother’s pantry.”

Eastman said it was always a big production and a lot of fun. “Everyone enjoyed the companionship, food, laughter, teasing, and polka music in the background,” she said.

Although her childhood was spent in New Hampshire, she later moved to Newport, R.I., where she established a photography studio. She then moved to Maine and enjoyed a 20-year career as a high school art teacher. She now resides in Rockland where she continues to create art.

The Ukrainian belief is that as long as pysanky are made, goodwill overcomes evil.

“This year, when Russia attacked Ukraine just before Easter, I felt an overwhelming sadness and compassion for the Ukrainian people. I could imagine families having their homes destroyed along with all the beautiful pysanky and other heirlooms that had been carefully saved for generations,” she said. “A week later, the opportunity presented itself to display artwork at the Gibbs Library. Most pieces are for sale. A percentage of each sale will be donated to Ukrainian relief.”

For library hours, visit gibbslibrary.org or call (207) 845-2663.