WEST BRATTLEBORO -- "Le Rouge et Noir," a show of papercuts by Stu Copans, is showing through Oct. 8 in gallery spaces at All Souls Church.
The main focus of the current show is a continuation of Copans’ commitment to papercuts featuring the Hebrew word for peace: "Shalom." Previous shows were extracted from his first series of 1,296 papercuts in black and white, begun about 12 years ago, when peace-making efforts in the Middle East were enjoying some progress toward reconciliation and equity.
The works in this exhibit are from a new series eventually to include 1,296 multicolored, layered cuttings. There are also a small number of "blue moose" cuttings inspired by the downtown store of the same name, and by memories of Babe’s blue ox.
Copans first became interested in papercutting through watching his 2-year-old son Benjamin put himself to sleep by playing with paper and scissors. He subsequently joined the Guild of American Papercutters, where he studied and taught. His interest in papercutting broadened when he worked on a student ship for three months, sailing around the world and visiting a variety of cultures where he studied indigenous arts and papercutting traditions. He was an active member of the Windham Art Gallery and participated in many of their shows.
The Arts Committee of All Souls Church invites the public to an artist’s reception on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., to meet the artist
All Souls Church is located at 29 South St., just across the road from the West Brattleboro fire station. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-9377.