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EASTER EGG ARTISAN BREAKS INTO BIG TIME WITH D.C. TRIP

Not many people work 30 hours, break half a dozen eggs and detail goldfinches, bluebirds and woodpeckers to adorn an Easter egg.

But Newstead artist Brian H. Maynard's egg won't be rolled around someone's field or living room, either.

His represents New York State in first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's 1995 Easter egg display at the White House.

Maynard, 32, said he prepared the display egg in many colors on a white eggshell field to depict a Western New York outdoor scene.

A nature artist by hobby, he has earned his living for the past three years as an electrician-mechanic at Kreher's Fresh Eggs Farm in Newstead, Western New York's largest egg producer.

"Each year, the American Egg Board puts on an Easter egg display at the White House," said Kurt Kreher, one of the egg farm's operators.

"This year, Kreher's was invited to provide the New York egg. We asked Brian to prepare the egg."

"I used Eggland Best eggs, a low-cholesterol egg that's a small part of Kreher's production," Maynard said. "I like working with Eggland Best because they have a hard shell."

The first step was to remove the egg's yolk and albumen through a small drilled hole. Then the painting began.

"Cracks developed in some eggs, and I dropped one," Maynard said. "Then I painted a prototype and then the final one, which took about 18 hours. We sent that one to Washington -- one small egg in one large box."

The 50-state Easter egg exhibit is now on display until the weekend after Easter.

The Maynard family will view the Easter egg display this weekend.

"My wife, Diane, our daughters, Erynn, 12, and Esther, 10, and my wife's parents, Jim and Marygrace Kuhn of Clarence, are driving to Washington in a van. Arrangements have been made for us to have a special tour of the White House and egg display at 7:45 Saturday morning. We're very excited."

Maynard is not without other artistic successes.

"Once I won an egg-painting contest that a local radio station held. And I have sold watercolors and pen-and-ink art. There is no pay for the painted New York eggs, only recognition. That's enough."

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