Fiske Free Library

108 Broad Street
Claremont, New Hampshire



Marina Forbes: Matryoshka Doll and Faberge Egg Workshop

Saturday, April 10th
9:00 AM until Noon

Marina Forbes is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. For more than 20 years, she has been an active artist, historian, storyteller, lecturer and teacher in the area of Russian art, culture, language and folklore, offering more than 75 workshops, courses, and presentations each year both in Russia and throughout the New England area. Marina is an accomplished painter of traditional Russian icons (egg tempera/gold leaf on wood), traditional Russian Matryoshkas (nested dolls), and numerous traditional Russian craft items. Many of her works are in private collections in Russia, Italy and the United States. Marina is currently the Director of International Programs at the New England Language Center in Rochester where she coordinates cultural exchange programs, teaches Russian culture and language, and leads art-related tours to Russia each year. She is an active watercolorist and art teacher and regularly does dramatic performances of Russian fairytales.

The workshop is open to adults and families with children 6 and up. It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture. The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece matryoshka sets. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian "matryoshka dance." The price of the dolls is from $10 - $25 depending on size, and will be available that day. Wooden eggs will also be available for a small fee.

You MUST pre-register, by contacting the library at (603) 542-7017or email:

Sponsored by: The Friends of the Fiske Free Library

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