Throughout the weekend, guests will be able to admire a special exhibition by Pamela Dalton called Scherenschnitte: Traditional Paper Cutting Artwork. These highly detailed works are cut by hand and reflect artwork that was popular in this region almost two hundred years ago. According to Dalton, she was introduced to the cut paper art of Hans Christian Andersen while she lived in Denmark:
“I was mystified and smitten. I experimented with the craft until my pieces stopped falling apart! Now, after more than 35 years, I think I have the hang of it. I like to say I'm making something out of nothing. I choose themes that represent life here in rural upstate New York. Often included in my work are the Brown Swiss cows of Hawthorne Valley Farm which graze in the pasture behind my studio. The craft was popular in this country in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I try to reflect that historic period in my compositions."
On Saturday, November 28 from 1-4pm, Dalton will be at the Albany Institute for a demonstration of her work and she will also be available to sign copies of her books, Brother Sun, Sister Moon and The Story of Christmas.