Ronald Manolio (1930 – 2012)
Art Type or Medium: Environment/Installation
Status: Family has discontinued the Eggshelland display
Secular or Religious: Mixed
For over 50 years Ron Manolio cheerfully hand-painted the (real) multi-colored eggshells needed to complete Betty Manolio’s Eggshelland graph paper designs. I can truly say I’ve never met a person who exuded more giddy delight over bringing pleasure to others!
Eggshelland’s immense regional attention no doubt brought Ron great, and well-deserved satisfaction. During the couple of weeks the annual display lasts, there is a constant stream of visitors, and Easter Sunday brings hundreds of often generational admirers. Ron and Betty made me feel like just another member of their big Italian-American family from the (unannounced) first moment I showed up with my big camera at their suburban Cleveland front yard in 2005. According to the article below, Betty intends there to be one final goodbye display for Easter 2013.
Update: The final Eggshelland installation in 2013: