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Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 1997-02-04
Type: Papercutting

153 Black Bear Run
Berlin PA 15530
USA

(814) 267-3183
Kathytrexelreed@gmail.com

Kathy Trexel Reed
Kathy Trexel Reed

An art enthusiast since early childhood, Kathy enjoys papercutting and is an active member in GAP since 1996. She values the friendly interactions of its members, benefits from the group knowledge, and hopes to continue from her experiences as a career art teacher to furthering GAP's goals.

Kathy begins her original designs as sketches and uses both small scissors and exacto-knife. With an extensive background in fine arts and education, Kathy Trexel Reed enjoys sharing papercutting techniques with others.

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She mentors and teaches for such programs and organizations as the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art's Artists in Residence, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and Laurel Arts, where she is a board member and Gallery chairperson.

Kathy is an artisan for the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor "Hand-made Along the Highway" project. She is an officer for the Guild of American Papercutters (president from 2007-2008). Kathy believes that art activities are important, vital, fun ways to communicate.

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"Everything I learned about papercutting historically, multi-culturally, or in contemporary variations, makes it even more fascinating, because it gives new fresh ideas to share in my artist residencies. Papercutting is a universel art and language, which translates around the world, and papercutting is a perfect way to reconnect with American ethnic diversity. Some of the newest, cutting edge applications of papercut art appear in movable books, pop-up, and free-standing paper forms; I hope to adapt more of these techniques in my personal creations"

Having lived and taught overseas for nearly 30 years in the Philippines and Germany as Department of Defense art teacher, Kathy is happily replanted in her home region, Somerset County, PA, where she and her husband Bob (a photographer) and their Digby dachshund work in their art studio at Black Bear Run, Berlin, PA. You can find my brochure here.

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