Women’s Guild to host ‘Imperial Faberge Eggs’ presentation

Marina Forbes, lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture, will present "Imperial Faberge Eggs" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, by the St. Elizabeth Seton Women’s Guild at 190 Meeting House Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

This illustrated presentation will focus on the life and work of Russian master jeweler and artist Peter Carl Faberge. The program will feature a photo tour of Faberge collections at the Constantine Palace in St. Petersburg and from major museums and private collectors around the world.

Emphasis is on the important role of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the czars.

The history of these eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution will also be discussed.

Forbes is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and is featured on the N.H. Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts.

Each year, Forbes leads cultural tours to Russia, where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, gulag sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia.

This program was made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (www.nhhc.org).

For more information, call 332-2255, email marina@marinaforbes or visit MarinaForbes.com.