International  Egg Art Guild  
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The history of decorating eggs goes back to pre-recorded time. All cultures have, at one time or another, had a tradition of decorating and giving eggs as gifts.

About twenty-five years ago Kit Stansbury put the wheels in motion to form what was to become the International Egg Art Guild. In the early '70s, Kit was always talking and writing about the formation of an organization made up exclusively of egg artists. She wanted everyone involved with egg artistry to have access to the organization -- where artists could discuss, share and exchange ideas, and promote egg decorating as an art form. In 1976, brochures recruiting egg artists for such membership were distributed. Anyone returning the completed membership form and paying dues of $5 before the end of 1977, became a Charter Member. The first meeting was held in September 1977, and a general membership meeting was scheduled during Eggs-ibit '78 in Phillipsburg, NJ. Temporary officers were selected, plans for a periodic newsletter were made, and a nominating committee was appointed to present a slate of officers at the April meeting. The nominating committee consisted of Merle Beaumont, Norma Bronson, Judy Case, and Helen Corrigan. Kit, the acting president, appointed a By-Laws committee to write a description of the basic mechanics of getting the organization up and running. Members were asked to submit designs for a logo to be used in letterhead, membership cards, pins, etc. We have no positive record as to who actually created the selected design, but it is on record that Sandy Kowal was asked to redefine the work incorporating the letters EAG. It is that logo we still use today.

The official name selected for the organization was Egg Art Guild (EAG). As the Guild grew, the By-Laws were amended, creating the National Egg Art Guild (NEAG) in 1987. In 1994, the membership voted to change the name to the International Egg Art Guild (IEAG). From the initial group of twenty-plus members attending that first meeting in September 1977, the organization grew rapidly to a membership of 250 within the first two years.

By the year 2000, we had grown to over 2000 members world-wide. The Guild has published three volumes of Hints & Tips; created colorful keepsake calendars, a logo watch, four incarnations of the logo pin; and created a flourishing Masters Program to help anyone wishing to improve their artistry and technique. Keep up the good work -- bring in at least one new member, send in something for the newsletter, and keep Kit's dream of sharing, learning, teaching, and creating growing long into the 21st century.

Many thanks to Carole Kjellsen, who has researched, documented, filed, and kept such wonderful records of our first twenty-five years.