JEFFERSON — Besides the Easter Bunny, one of the stars of this year’s White House Easter celebration was laid in Morris County. Linda Rossin, a Lake Hopatcong resident, spent the past two months meticulously designing and hand painting the 2014 Commemorative Easter Egg that was presented to Mrs. Michelle Obama on Monday, April 21st by the American Egg Board’s Joanne Ivy, President and CEO, and Paul Sauder, Chairman.
Linda Rossin was chosen from hundreds of artists across the country for this time-honored tradition dating back to 1981. For over 20 years her passion has been expressive wildlife paintings of birds and mammals while focusing lately on collectible traditional miniature art. Traditional miniature art is
fine art painted in diminutive scale with minute attention paid to detail.
The 2014 blown-out prepared egg features the White House, a child participating in the annual Egg Roll, bunnies, chicks, plenty of colored eggs, and Bo, the First Family’s Portuguese water dog.
“Fine art was my ultimate dream and is now my second career. This is the first painted egg ever presented to Mrs. Obama and I wanted to do something really special. The American Egg Board gave me free rein, but did mention that I had to use a real chicken egg and the theme should be tied in to the Annual Egg Roll,” states Linda who honed her craft as an advertising artist. “As a painter of miniature art my design choice was easy: plenty of colorful eggs and children delighting in the joys of Easter at the White House. The difficulty was in painting on a round surface, and with our cold winter weather my acrylic paint was drying on my tiny brush before I could apply it to the shell.”
Rossin is an award winning artist and a member of the Society of Animal Artists, Miniature Artists of America, Association of Miniature Artists, Nature Art International, to name a few. In 2009 she was a recipient of the coveted Medal of Excellence from Artists for Conservation and this past January received the Excellence In All Entries Award from the Miniature Art Society of Florida. Her work has been featured at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC as well as museums worldwide.
Upon presentation, the egg will become the First Lady’s personal property. The Obama administration will either retain the egg in their private collection or donate it for permanent display in the Presidential library.