An egg crafted by Helen M. Dunham of Woodstock has been chosen by the Georgia Egg Commission as the official 2008 Easter egg. The egg will represent Georgia and be displayed in the White House, along with eggs from each state and the District of Columbia, during the Easter season.
Dunham described her winning Georgia egg noting that it features the state bird, the state flower and the state tree.
“The viewer will first see the male Brown Thrasher sitting on the outside of the egg on the stems and among the blooms of the Cherokee Rose. The female is minding her babies on the inside of the egg, securely nestled in the branches of the Live Oak tree.
“The outside front of the egg is trimmed with gold cord and pink rhinestones, with the back of the egg featuring finely cut, lattice design,” she said.
Dunham has been working and playing with eggs since 1966. At first, her only tools were razor blades, sharp cuticle scissors, paints, brushes and cords from fabric shops. Today there are several companies selling various eggory supplies, including an air tool which cuts with the speed of a dental drill.
She has lived in Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia and has been a member of the egg art guild in each state. Dunham has been a member of the Georgia Art Guild for eight years, getting together one day a month with other “eggors” who all share a passion for egg art.
This is the fourteenth year the White House has invited representatives of the nation’s egg industry to have an artist decorate an egg depicting their state. The Georgia Egg Commission has participated in the event each year and works directly with the American Egg Board, which is the coordinator of the event.