Buy an emu egg for Easter and help Alaqua

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

"I think it's wonderful she is doing this and doing it on Easter weekend," Hood said. "Our most difficult job at Alaqua is raising money for all the animals' upkeep. And this will call attention to the fact that we have animals other than dogs and cats here to care for."

While attempts at raising funds by using Zsa Zsa and Eva's eggs in the past have been made, Hood is pleased that Burgess is taking the effort to a higher level with a soiree event at her gallery.

The party will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Cantina Laredo and Hartell's Diner, sweet treats from It Takes A Cake, as well as beer and wine. Entertainment will be provided by local artist and musician Cody Copeland. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door. The dress for the soiree is resort casual, but guests are encouraged to wear their best Easter bonnet and participate in the Easter bonnet contest.

Participating artists include, so far, Donna Burgess, Kim Chatwood, Chad Gill, Chance Jobe, Chase Johnson, Maxine Orange, Kim Pall, Wendy Prentice, Amanda Rhodes, Sarah Webster, and Allison Wickey — with more to come.

Wickey was Walton County’s Artist of the Year for 2011. As a visual artist, Wickey said her egg personifies a typical South Walton scene of the gulf, dunes, and trees.

"I used plaster and acrylic paint to give it a bit of texture," she said. "I am always happy to support Alaqua!"

This is jewelry artist Chase Johnson's first time to decorate an emu egg, but she is a long-time supporter of Alaqua. She plans to work around building a nest in driftwood from the Bay and leave one side of her egg natural and on the other side write a poem about spring.



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