Marvel at the Details, Stories in A Cut Above, Opening June 1

A Cut Above, a paper cut exhibit showing at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, features artists Béatrice Coron, Angie Pickman, Clay Rice, Cindy Ferguson and Nikki McClure, who have taken the art form way beyond the craft.

In the City by Béatrice CoronCoron’s work includes dresses made from Tyvek, a synthetic, industrial material. Since the ‘80s, her papercuts have been sought after and shown around the U.S., including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty and the National Gallery of Art. This TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) lecturer shares the stories behind her career and her work Sat., June 16 at 10am in Marvin Auditorium. Bring your questions.

Despite being an art exhibit for children, the modern, whimsical, intricately cut silhouettes will leave children and adults awe-struck. Look deep into the art for hidden surprises, like a dinosaur in a living room depicted in one of Coron’s pieces. See Pickman’s papercuts come to life through stop-action video. Play in our shadow puppet theatre and create a paper creature to call your own.

“Papercutting is like drawing, only backwards. In drawing, you make a dark line on white paper. In papercutting, you cut holes in the paper and leave just the simple lines and shapes,” said Sherry Best, Sabatini Gallery director, adding every culture makes something with cut-out paper: paper snowflakes, paper dolls, French silhouettes, German “scherenschnitte” (scissor cuts) and Malaysian shadow puppets.

Inherit, from 2012 calendar by Nikki McClureUpon entering the Sabatini Gallery, visitors will enjoy the teen-curated exhibit, The Good, The Bed, and The Ugly. The exhibit features items with a dream and nightmare theme with selections from the gallery’s permanent art collection. Students from area high schools have been working with gallery staff for months to plan this exhibit through a program called Curate This!

Exhibit events
June 1             First Friday ArtWalk
June 4             Silhouettes as Art, 2-4pm | teens can make life-sized silhouettes of themselves
for display in the library during summer. Registration required. Call 580-4565.
June 30           Pickman will present a talk and demonstration Sat., at 3pm in Marvin Auditorium 101C.
July 6               First Friday ArtWalk

The exhibits close July 13. For more information about this project, visit A Cut Above online.

More information about The Good, The Bed and The Ugly

Jack be Nimble by Cindy FergusonThe Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century, landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training.

Gallery hours are the same as library hours: Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.      

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.