A Cut Above

Fine art and craft curve together in a delicate tête-à-tête in Jennifer Falck Linssen: Beyond Katagami, a new exhibit opening today at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road in Longmont. Linssen, inspired by the Japanese craft of katagami (or cut-paper stencils) used for the printing of intricate openwork patterns on textiles, strove to turn the stencils — beautiful in their own right, though often thought of as tools — into an art form all their own. Linssen’s three-dimensional stenciled forms, meticulously carved, dyed, sewn and woven together into gracefully twisting shapes augmented by metal and wire, go a long way toward achieving that end.

Attend a reception tonight or view the show daily except Mondays through March 22; Linssen will give a lecture on her work and the history of the stencil form at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28. Visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum for more information, or call 303-651-8374.
Jan. 24-March 22, 2009

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