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Peep Art Contest at Edmond Library in April

Michelangelo worked with marble. Rembrandt worked with oil paint. Andy Warhol worked with soup cans.

Teens at the Edmond Library can work with Peeps.

Peeps are those marshmallow candies, generally shaped into chicks or bunnies, although their shapes can change to reflect the season or approaching holiday.  They are an annual favorite as Easter basket filler.  But eating Peeps is for amateurs.  Pros use them to create art.

The Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, is holding a Peep Art Contests for teen Peepophiles, ages 12-17, in April.  Submissions will be accepted at the Edmond Library between April 1 and April 24, and the winners will be announced on April 28, 2009.  Any form of Peep Art will be accepted, so participeeps can microwave them, smush them with a sledge hammer, use them as mosaics to create a larger image, or even pose them in a diorama.

“Teens can work with Peeps however they want to,” said Edmond librarian Teresa Matthews.  “This contest is definitely for the most creative peeple.”

Peeps were introduced by the Just Born candy company in 1958, unimaginatively enough, just to be eaten.  The idea of using them as an artistic medium came along in the mid-1990s.

“And why not?” Matthews asked.  “Tests were done on them in 1999 at Emory University and it was discovered that that Peeps’ eyes, even when attacked by liquid nitrogen, can’t be dissolved by anything.  Even marble breaks off and shatters.  Just ask the Venus de Milo.”

For more information, call the Edmond Library at 341-9282 and you will wonder at this exciting new form of artistic creativity, this brave new world that has such Peeple in it.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.