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Peabody, Performa, Orpheum, SBEC & Mednikow Honored

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 25, 2002 — The Memphis International Cultural Series announced the five winners of the "Egg Vote," including Best of Show. The vote was part of the First WONDERS Street Art Competition, featuring Russian Imperial Eggs being held in conjunction with the WONDERS exhibit CZARS: 400 Years of Imperial Grandeur.

A panel of three judges picked four eggs in for categories. A fifth egg was honored in a People's Choice award, which was decided by a popular vote.

The winners are:

  • Student Category, Southern Baptist Educational Center

  • Non-Profit Category, The Orpheum Theatre, The Downtown Memphis Association

  • Commercial Category, Performa Entertainment

  • Best of Show, Peabody Place

  • People's Choice, Mednikow Jewelers

Cricket Comfortable Wireless sponsored the egg competition. Local businesses and organizations sponsored each of the 25 fiberglass eggs, which are 8 feet high, 4 feet wide, and weigh approximately 100 pounds. The sponsors have commissioned local artists to decorate them, emulating the two historical jeweled eggs on display at the WONDERS exhibit.

The winning eggs will be on display for the public to see at WONDERS. Other eggs are located at various places throughout the city feature everything from elaborate paintings and stained glass to bottle caps and working clocks. Several area schools sponsored eggs decorated by art students.

Peabody Place as Best of Show received a "romance package" which includes a one-night stay at the Peabody Hotel and dinner for two at the hotel's new restaurant, Capriccio's. Mednikow Jewelers, the people's choice winner received a dinner for two at Capriccio's. SBEC received a
Peabody Place Entertainment and Retail Center "student fun pack" which includes 10 tickets to Muvico Peabody Place 22 Theaters, 10 games of putt-putt golf at The Putting Edge and 10 game cards from Jillian's. Dinner-for-two certificates were also awarded to the Non-Profit and
Commercial egg winners. All winners also received a WONDERS gift package filled with gifts from past WONDERS exhibitions.

Egg Locations as of July 25, 2002.

1) Advance Manufacturing @ WONDERS
2) American Contract Bridge League @ Wolfchase Galleria
3) Beale Street/Performa Entertainment @ WONDERS
4) Christian Brothers High School @ Harrell Theatre, Collierville
5) The Commercial Appeal @ Pink Palace
6) Cricket Comfortable Wireless @ Bartlett City Hall
7) D. Canale Beverages, Budweiser @ Memphis Botanic Garden
8) Downtown Memphis Association/The Orpheum Theatre @ WONDERS
9) First Tennessee Bank @ Collierville Library
10) Kroger @ Kroger, 5995 Stage Road
11) LeBonheur Children's Hospital @ Civil Rights Museum
12) Southern Baptist Educational Center @ WONDERS
13) Mednikow Jewelers @ WONDERS
14) Memphis Convention & Visitors' Bureau @ Tennessee Welcome Center
15) Memphis Sight & Sound @ Memphis Airport
16) Memphis Zoo @ Collierville City Hall
17) Mid-South Fair @ Lichterman Nature Center
18) Nike @ Memphis/Shelby County Library, Main Branch
19) Nova Factor @ Bartlett City Hall
20) Peabody Place @ WONDERS
21) St. Agnes Academy @ St. Agnes Academy
22) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital @ WONDERS
23) St. Mary's Episcopal School @ St. Mary's Episcopal Schoo
25) Wolfchase Galleria @ Wolfchase Galleria

(Please note that locations may be subject to change. For the most
up-to-date locations check the WONDERS Web site at

CZARS: 400 Years of Imperial Grandeur includes more than 260 objects from the Kremlin State Museum - Preserve of History and Culture in Moscow, which illustrate the glory, majesty and intrigue of the Romanov dynasty. The exhibit runs through September 15. Additional information can be found on the Web at:

WONDERS: The Memphis International Cultural Series is a not-for-profit educational, cultural institution devoted to bringing the world's great art, culture, and history to the United States by producing large international exhibitions. It was established in 1989 to continue the success of the Ramesses the Great exhibition, which drew approximately 675,000 visitors to downtown Memphis in 1987. Since that time, WONDERS has produced blockbuster exhibitions including, Catherine the Great, Napoleon, Imperial Tombs of China and TITANIC: The Exhibition. WONDERS exhibitions are presented in 40,000 square feet of galleries modeled after the architecture of the featured culture or historical era.