Buy an emu egg for Easter and help Alaqua

Egg art

Bid on this painted emu egg by Marti Schmidt.

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

Artist and gallery-owner Donna Burgess has come up with the perfect Easter keepsake or gift for a loved one: a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind emu egg.

Those who are lucky enough to take the winning bid on these eggs at her Art of the Egg auction will also be helping an organization close to Burgess's heart: Alaqua Animal Refuge.

"These eggs are huge and have a really hard shell and are a beautiful teal blue/green," said an enthusiastic Burgess. "We will have lamps made from the eggs and jewelry. It's a fundraiser and all money goes to Alaqua."

Twelve local artists are participating and others have donated pieces to the auction.

So far, a dozen painted and etched eggs are slated to be auctioned during a silent auction soiree the evening of March 30 at Burgess's Grand Boulevard Gallery. Various local artists are lending their unique touch and style to each egg guaranteeing each one to be a one-of-a-kind treasure.

The artists have been given free rein to get creative in the endeavor and some will go beyond painting and create lamps and even music boxes from the eggs, said Burgess.

The emu eggs are from two residents of Alaqua: Zsa Zsa and Eva, who reportedly produce a lot of eggs. Refuge founder Laurie Hood said she has supplied 20 eggs to the cause so far and can contribute more.

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