A real honor

By From page A4 | January 21, 2013

What an honor for Mercedes Kotelnicki to have one of her eggs accepted by the Smithsonian.

The charming 89-year-old is a very talented artist, decorating ostrich eggs with fabulous scenes inside.

Her pièce de résistance is the “Spirit of America” egg that is going to the National Museum of American History. That even tops the egg she made that is now in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

The “Spirit of America” egg sits on a pedestal and has a double door opening onto a scene of the U.S. Capitol. On its outside are two American flags and copies of paintings of Betsy Ross, George Washington and the Revolutionary War musicians. The interior of one of the doors features a painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Attached to the gold stand is a quail egg with a painting of the White House. The whole thing is topped with a gold eagle. It is an artistic and craftswoman tour de force.

Congratulations to Mercedes Kotelnicki on the acceptance of the Spirit of America into the Smithsonian. And thank you Ginger Fish for helping Kotelnicki make contact with the Smithsonian’s curator of political history.

Mountain Democrat

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