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  • 06 May 2017 12:04 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    Are you a GAP Member who has a papercutting related website?  If so, you should consider listing your site's internet address (URL) on your member profile.  Members who do so will appear periodically in the "Featured Member" area on this page.  It's free advertising for members!

  • 06 May 2017 12:00 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    The GAP Board, containing many new members, met via conference call on Thursday, May 4th.  A face-to-face meeting will take place on the last weekend of August 2017.  All members are working hard on Collection 2018, plans for publications, and other ways to bring more benefits to GAP members.  

    A list of Board members can be found under the "CONTACT" tab.

  • 01 May 2017 2:53 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    The new Feathers, Fur, Fins exhibit at the GAP National Museum in Somerset, PA opened to the public on April 29, 2017 and will run until April 5, 2018.  Bird-watchers, animal lovers, and fish fanciers will not want to miss this exhibition. 

  • 06 Mar 2017 1:29 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    A place has been added under the GAP website "Resources" tab for a listing of books on papercutting.  New and old papercutters can benefit from books that expand their knowledge of the history and techniques related to this art.  Book list recommendations may be sent to me through the website "Directory" tab by searching my name and using the Send Message button.

  • 26 Jul 2015 5:36 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our GAP members who have sold  their papercuttings at recent GAP exhibits: 

    Darcy Walker - one piece on display at Banfill-Locke
    Ellen Lengel - two pieces on display at Highfield Hall

  • 18 Jun 2015 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    GAP member Dave Jenkins was recently featured in Northern Virgina art magazine, Elan.

    "Arlington artist Dave Jenkins enjoys knowing that, on a typical Christmas morning, as many as fifty to a hundred people will open a gift that he designed.  His cut-paper creations have found homes locally, nationally and even globally.  And Dave's artistic journey all began with Noah's Ark."

      "Intricacies, Working in Reverse" begins on  page 46 of Elan.

  • 18 Jun 2015 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Dave Jenkins recently had a chance to use the Google Analytics program to uncover some statistics about GAP website visits or "hits."  Here is what he learned about website hits between Feb 25 and June 13:

    • User sessions (visits): 3,304 total; about 30 hits per day
    • 60% of users are over 55
    • 75% are female
    • most users are visiting the site using a desktop computer vs. mobile
    • most visitors are from the U.S. (although 79 countries/political entities are represented)

    That's quite a bit of traffic on the GAP website!  If you haven't updated your online profile to include samples of your work or a link to your business website, consider doing so so that our visitors can learn more about our members and their artwork!

  • 11 May 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Leslie Miller reports:  "a customer at a fair years ago has just contacted me. Said she has been thinking a long time of ordering a paper cut for herself. She has so many ideas. This was an open studios attendee from years ago when I had a studio at Fountain Street Studios in Framingham .  You never know [where your next order will come from!]

    And Kim Phillips recently had one of her papercuts travel to Israel for display at the Bible Lands Museum.

  • 08 Mar 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Museum Musings from Kathy Trexel Reed

    Revamping the GAP office and archive space is underway!  Two additional flat files and another file cabinet are already in place for a reorganization of GAP memorabilia and records.  One flat file, a donation from Marie Helene Grabman’s studio, and the other two units, also free acquisitions from Cindy and Dave Breen at Atlas Printing, are adding greatly to the convenience. (The Atlas folks create CD’s of GAP exhibits and print information for GAP and Laurel Arts.)

    Among the items being sorted and filed are papercutting collectibles, books, and lessons from the late GAP members, Debbie Baird, and Eleanor Moninger, who also passed away several years earlier. It is a somewhat déjà vu experience (and emotionally touching) to see their samples of paper art and vast collections from ALL parts of the globe.  Many are commercially reproduced items and some are cut from magazine articles; dozens of papercut greeting cards show silhouettes and positive/ negative designs from far off places and distant artists. These carefully preserved bits and pieces of paper, saved because of shiny, textured qualities, or unusual colors, look a lot like my own treasured stashes of paper and examples. It is obvious that both women shared their great love of paper art with others. Debbie as a workshop leader after her school hours career, and Eleanor as an international Girl Scout Director traveling the world; both found papercutting a way to engage with others.

    The GAP office also stores extra inventory for the Gallery Shoppe @ Dressler as well as the newest works for each GAP exhibition. Next month, by April 5, our Museum Committee will welcome members’ gallery-ready papercuttings for the upcoming “Inspired by Music” show.  (Unsold works from the 2014 "Inspired by Nature" exhibit will be returned to the artists.

    Upcoming Museum Show
    Hum along with other GAP Members in the 2015 “Inspired by Music” exhibit that begins in April. Mail your gallery-ready work by April 5 or get your doctor to write a good excuse for your being absent so you can visit in person!

    Send framed and wired, cut-paper artwork to:

    GAP National Museum
    Attn: Kathy Trexel Reed
    P.O. Box 384
    214 S. Harrison Avenue
    Somerset, PA  15501

  • 13 Feb 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    Thursday night I was able to take a quick trip to the Deerfield Arts Bank to enjoy the "Papercut Art Then and Now Exhibit" which featured the work of several of our GAP members.  The gallery is a tiny space, in a converted Bank of America located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

    The papercuttings on display were accompanied by  narratives of each artist's work.  Imagery ranged from the lovely folk art cuttings that spring from Carolyn Guest's sheep shears to the intricately detailed religious cuttings produced by Yehudit and Tamar Shadur.

    Though a small venue, the variety of works on display was impressive, and gallery owner Jane Trigere said enthusiasm ran high among the group of participants in Tamar's papercutting workshop on February 10.  Indeed, the results of the students' work was impressive for "first-timers" (see photo at bottom right, below).  Also of interest was the inclusion of several all-white 3-D "sculpted" cuttings and a large, wooden 3-panel room divider which carried the cut-out theme in its design. 

    It was a lovely display of the art of papercutting for area residents who were suffering from snowbound cabin fever!

    Click on any image below to see a larger version.


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