Studio Place Arts exhibit – Leave a Paper Trail
Today I took a trip to Studio Place Arts (a.k.a. SPA) in Barre, VT for the last day of Leave a Paper Trail. SPA promoted the show as one “that exposes the versatile and beautiful qualities of paper.” I had intended to go much sooner than today, but, well, you know how that is.
The SPA Gallery is one of the under-appreciated jewels in central Vermont. I am certainly guilty on this count. Every time I go in there, I am not disappointed. And the shows are just the right size – not too big to digest in one visit.
One artist who stopped me in my tracks was Nancy Cook. Nancy had several wall pieces in the show made of incredibly detailed cut paper arrangements. One landscape was so lovely that I couldn’t believe that it was made of paper. I’m not sure what I thought it was made of, but I couldn’t process that it was paper. She also had floral arrangements made from cut paper that were so detailed that I was convinced that they were made of fabric.
I did a Google search on Nancy and found out that she has been working in paper since she was three years old (was I even potty-trained then?). She has an angel ornament in the permanent collection of the White House.
Her work has been included in Paper Art: The Complete Guide to Papercraft Techniques and Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals, books by Diane Maurer-Mathison. I also found out that she’s a board member of the Guild of American Papercutters, which I didn’t know existed. I also found this biography about her online. Basically, I learned that she’s rather nifty.
I hadn’t really thought much of paper cutting before, as my exposure had been limited to the traditional Scherenschnitte, which really doesn’t appeal to me. Nancy’s work is much more free-form and sculptural than I would have expected from paper cutting. I appreciate having had the opportunity to see someone’s work and have my world opened up a little more.