Painted goose egg donated to DU

With the Ducks Unlimited banquet coming up this Friday at La Place Rendez-Vous, there will be many items up for bid that have been donated to the annual fundraiser.
But one that really stands out is a painted goose egg designed especially for Ducks Unlimited by local artist Laurie Bedard.
This egg has been designed by hand in the traditional Ukrainian method that has existed for more than 2,000 years, noted Bedard, adding the egg is decorated with the different colours and symbols that make Ukrainian egg art unique.
Bedard explained the egg itself symbolizes life in all of its beauty and fragility while the images it’s decorated with have many meanings.
The flower in its varied forms are symbolic of wisdom, beauty, and humility while the wavy lines indicate abundance and prosperity.
Triangles represent the elements of air, water, and earth. Houses are symbolic of home, our environment and its importance, while the dots indicate the stars in the night sky.
Trees represent renewal, creation, and organic unity. Fruit are symbolic of a good life, health, and wisdom. The stag signifies leadership, wealth, and prosperity.
Diamond shapes indicate knowledge while St. Andrew’s cross within those diamonds represent the symbol of life and the Christian faith.
The colour red represents the sun, as well as the passion and joy of life. The colour black symbolizes eternity. The colour white is simplicity and innocence.
“No two eggs are ever alike,” said Bedard. “They are unique, original works of art.”
The beautiful egg will be among the items for bid during the live auction at Friday night’s dinner.
About 10 tickets are still available for the banquet. They cost $50/person or $75/couple and are available at Cousineau Brokers. Seating is reserved.
A one-year DU membership, valued at $25, is included in the price.
The perennially popular charity dinner raises money in support of the national, private, non-profit organization whose main goal it is to preserve wetlands across Canada.
Last year’s DU banquet here raised roughly $25,000—bringing the total amount raised locally for the organization to nearly $550,000 since the inaugural event in 1983.