Julia Webster decorated an Easer egg that was displayed at the state capitol from March 29 until April 9. Webster’s represented Trigg County and was one of 46 eggs on display. On April 7, they were displayed in conjunction with the third annual Easter Egg Roll at the Governor’s Mansion.
First Lady Glenna Fletcher sent invitations to county extension offices urging them to send eggs to represent their counties. According to a press release from the state, extension offices chose the eggs in many different ways. Some had contests, some had children participate and some asked professional artists to get involved.
Last year was the first year of the egg display and the first year Trigg County got involved as well. She has connections with the Trigg County Extension Office because of her membership with the Trigg County Extension Homemakers and said that Gay Ledford, the secretary at the extension office, asked her if she wanted to paint an egg. She declined because she thought her mother, Charlotte Wilson, was a better-known artist and deserved a shot to do it. Wilson painted the mural on the wall above the office door at the Janice Mason Art Museum, among other things, Webster said. This year, though, she decided to give it a try herself.
Before she could paint, though, Webster needed an egg. She asked Jan Culwell, a board member of the art museum, to supply her with a rhea egg. Rhea eggs, Webster said, are large, but not as large as ostrich eggs. Webster said she met Culwell a few years ago when she was selling eggs at the Murray Guild Art Show. In order to paint the egg, Webster said that Culwell drills a hole in it, drains the yolk and then cleans it with chemicals.
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