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  • 22 Jul 2017 11:29 PM | Kathy Trexel Reed

    Feathers, Fur, and Fins

    GAP members’ twenty five paper cuttings interpreting the Feathers Fur Fins theme are attracting visitors to the Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, Somerset, PA. 
    This exhibition will continue in the GAP Museum gallery on the second floor until April 2018. 

    Some mysterious titles add surprise elements to the wide variety of already familiar creatures. “Mystic’s Voyage” by MJ Viano Crowe and “Rare Monogamy” by Melanie Kehoss, for example, are also unframed works with unique hanging systems. Sally Blakemore’s “China Journal” doesn’t “hang” at all; it is a zig zag book with 5 spreads extended on an eight foot table. Dr, Rosemarie Hebenstreit submitted her “Crane” from Austria, and it is the only entry this time from outside the USA. Harriet Rosenberg’s “Cabin Cutting“ and “Angels”, and Periphylla Plate” by Katie Maish may keep you wondering, unless you stop in person to see this collection of paper cuttings. But professional photographs of the artwork have been made and will be posted on the GAP website as soon as they are available. 

    If you plan your visit to the GAP Museum for Saturday, August 26, you are invited to join GAP’s face to face meeting with participating new GAP board members.  
    Contact GAPguild@gmail.com for more information about the GAP meeting events.

  • 23 Jun 2017 9:57 AM | Melanie Kehoss (Administrator)
    If you are a member and you have an exhibit coming up, you can list your exhibit on our Events page!  Just email GAPGuild@gmail.com and include the following information:
    • Exhibit title
    • Venue name, address, and website
    • Date and time of opening reception, if any
    • Exhibit dates
    • You may also attach an image of a postcard or work that will be on display

    To see upcoming exhibits, click on the Events tab on the GAP homepage.  You can also post and find out about member events at our Facebook page!


  • 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.

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