Ronald Manolio 1930 - 2012: An Appreciation

Midwest Region

Midwest

In Memorium

Ronald Manolio (1930 – 2012)

Eggshelland

Art Type or Medium: Environment/Installation

Status: Family has discontinued the Eggshelland display

Viewable: no

Secular or Religious: Mixed

In Memorium: Ronald Manolio
In Memorium: Ronald Manolio

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.

 

Ron’s Cleveland.com obituary

Matt Manolio; Lynhurst, OH 2012
Matt Manolio; Lynhurst, OH 2012
Ron and Betty Manolio Home; Lyndhurst, OH 2012
Ron and Betty Manolio Home; Lyndhurst, OH 2012
Ron and Betty Manolio at Eggshelland; Lyndhurst, OH 2010
Ron and Betty Manolio at Eggshelland; Lyndhurst, OH 2010
Ron and Betty Manolio's Eggshelland; Lyndhurst, OH 2010
Ron and Betty Manolio’s Eggshelland; Lyndhurst, OH 2010
Ron and Betty Manolio's Eggshelland; Lyndhurst, OH 2010
Installation of 2010 display
Ron photographing visitors in 2010
Ron photographing visitors in 2010

Update: The final Eggshelland installation in 2013:

Ronald Manolio Memorialized at final Eggshelland display in 2013
Ronald Manolio Memorialized at final Eggshelland display in 2013
2013 display
2013 display: “thank you all, and goodbye”
De installation of 2013 display
De-installation of the 2013 display

 

 

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