The Springfield Arts Commission is pleased to an exhibition of papercuts by Cindy Stinson-Chenell.
Stinson-Chenell has always felt the need to draw and “make things”. While traveling in Switzerland, she saw modern papercuts for the first time and then taught herself how to design and cut in the traditional way; cutting only a folded paper so that both sides were identical. With a deep love of puzzles, Stinson-Chenell tries to cut each design out of just one piece of paper with all parts connected to the whole.
A member of the Guild of American Papercutters and trained as an art educator, Stinson-Chenell has lived and taught in Sweden, Columbia, and Germany. She credits the cut-outs of Matisse, graphic art of Eric Carle, prints of Sadao Watanabe and the folk art of the places she has visited as her influences. She cuts only her own designs, using only scissors and a paper punch for small holes and an occasional knife on heavy paper. Her papercut/collages are made from a combination of hand-painted tissue and traditional black papers.
The gallery reception is an opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy live music by Bob Ragan. After a career as an award winning high school band director and music supervisor, Ragan moved to Oregon and is following his love of jazz improvisation on a variety of woodwind instruments. He has performed with numerous big bands and university ensembles as a featured soloist.
The show will run from September 5-30, 2019