Artist Pamela Dalton Opens Show

Columbia County artist Pamela Dalton opens a show featuring her original “Scherenschnitte” paper cuttings this month in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 in Chatham. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public. The exhibit will be open through February 28.

Dalton’s original designs are created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of the United States in the early 19th century. “Scherenschnitte” means scissors cuttings and each design is intricately cut by hand using a small knife. The artist’s designs are influenced by popular historical themes including patriotism, biblical and religious motifs and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by Dalton and then cut by hand so no two are exactly alike. Each work is cut from a single piece of paper, most are stained with coffee to “antique” them and then placed in a painted grain frame.

The artist has lived in Columbia County for 40 years and is a former teacher at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Dalton resides in Harlemville and is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of four. She is the illustrator of numerous books, including “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” which was named one of the ten most beautifully illustrated children’s books of 2011 by the New York Times.Dalton’s artwork is included in the permanent collection of the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books. In 1999, one of the artist’s hand-cut ornaments was displayed on the White House Christmas tree. Her work is currently on exhibit at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts. Dalton’s studio is open to the public by appointment by calling (518) 672-7629.