TERRYVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — They’re beautiful one-of-a-kind works of art: Ukranian eggs painstakingly drawn on and dyed by Father Paul Luniw of St Michael’s Ukranian Catholic Church in Terryville.
He learned the art when he was a child and since has adorned all kinds of eggs, the largest taking up to seven months to complete.
All the pieces are drawn by hand with no templates, no decals — just his own hand.
Father Paul came on NYBERG to talk about how he does this, what the colors all mean and about giving one of these eggs to a very special person at The Vatican.
“Green, the shrubs, the trees, whatever we have in green symbolizes vegetation and the earth and the blue symbolizes the celeste, the stars, the heavens and everything that we have in the sky,” he said.
Since Father Paul was a boy, he’s painted hundreds, thousands of eggs. And they can be found all over the world. “They’re on display in London, in Rome, blessed Pope John Paul the second has some of them.”
“I celebrated mass with him (Pope John Paul) in his private chapel twice on two occasions: one was during the Easter period and I personally gave them to him and then of course he signed a book for me and signed a papal blessing and now he is going to be canonized so it’s a wonderful momento; and then here in America, they’re on display in Philalephia and New York and of course in Terryville and in Hartford.”
And what about a final home for these eggs? “I would like eventually to have them in some museum permanently because I’m not going to be able to keep them all myself as time goes on. I would like them to have a permanent home somewhere in a museum and I’m preparing some for Ukraine (where there’s a big museum).”
Father Paul was born in Yorkshire, England but is of Ukranian descent. He prays there will be no bloodshed in Ukraine as the region of Crimea has been taken by Russia.