For more than two decades Youth Home, Inc. has put on one of the more distinctive fundraisers in Little Rock: Eggshibition. Now in it’s 27th year, Eggshibition features egg-inspired artwork from local artists sold at silent auction. In recent years Eggshibition has extended it’s artistic reach and now includes all kinds of art from nationally celebrated artists, but the eggs are still the highlight of the show.
On Friday, April 6th at 7 p.m. attendees can enjoy music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks while participating in live and silent auctions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Jack Stephens Center.
Besides the namesake items there gift baskets from local businesses, works of art made from plaster or ostrich eggs alongside paintings, ceramics, sculptures and more.
“James Hayes has created 12 different eggs for us this year,” says event coordination Stephanie Jonasson. “He reserves this egg shape specifically for Eggshibition.”
“We also have some amazing live auction items including a dream custom couture dress by renowned designer Linda Rowe Thomas,” says Jonasson. “It’s a full experience with personalized style assessment. It’s worth over $4,000.”
The other live auction item that’s sure to be a big hit is “Party With Penguins With a View.” It’s an evening for 40 guests in Beth and Mike Coulson’s gorgeous garden overlooking the Arkansas River. The Little Rock Zoo is bringing the entertainment – penguins. Guests can interact with the penguins, take photos and learn more about the Zoo.
General admission tickets start at $60 and patron tickets start at $85. Proceeds from Eggshibition to to Youth Home’s mental health programs and facilities. Youth Home is a private, nonprofit mental health center that provides comprehensive care, including residential treatment, school-based services and outpatient services for all ages.
“[Eggshibition] is one of the most affordable fundraisers in Central Arkansas,” says Jonasson. “We have a lot of events that go on throughout the year in Little Rock and it’s a pretty casual environment. You can spend less than you’d pay for dinner at a nice restaurant and you’re supporting children and families who wouldn’t normally have access to the mental health care they need.”