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Edible art takes many forms, but decorated eggs may be the original non-processed food canvas for secular and religious art. Thousands of years ago the Zoroastrians painted eggs to celebrate the beginning of their New Year; early Christians transformed fragile ovoids into delicate art to commemorate Easter. Today, egg decoration is worldly art that attracts artists and humorists alike.

To celebrate this quirky art form, we thought we'd give you this gallery of some of our favorite eggs. And for those of you interested in pursuing your inner eggs-estential art (sorry), this Saturday the California Folk Art Museum offers a workshop in Pysanky, a traditional Ukranian folk art, that uses melted wax and dye to decorate whole egg shells.

Masked marvels; Credit: Flickr member adobemac

Masked marvels; Credit: Flickr member adobemac

An army of the Dark Side; Credit: Flickr member darkside_1

An army of the Dark Side; Credit: Flickr member darkside_1

Fugitive eggs. A scene from Lost?; Credit: Flickr member mimmopellicola

Fugitive eggs. A scene from Lost?; Credit: Flickr member mimmopellicola

What happened before the omelet; Credit: Flickr member Michael Hendrickx

What happened before the omelet; Credit: Flickr member Michael Hendrickx

Physical comedy, with eggs; Credit: Flickr member Wildman XTi

Physical comedy, with eggs; Credit: Flickr member Wildman XTi

Pysanky, Ukranian Easter eggs; Credit: Flickr member Katya T

Pysanky, Ukranian Easter eggs; Credit: Flickr member Katya T

California Art Museum, Pysanky workshop, Saturday, April 3rd, 1-4pm. Fee $35. Advanced registration required. 5814 Wilshire Boulevard; (323) 937-4230.

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