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