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The Art of Papercuts on display in Amherst

An exhibition of “Jewish Papercuts” by artist Greta Kessler, a former resident of Bloomfield, will be on display at the Jewish Community of Amherst now through Oct. 28.

Traditional papercut artwork, which were once crafted by the Jews in Central and Eastern Europe for holidays, birth announcements, ritual events, marriage contracts, memorials, new moon blessings, and for display in synagogues, have experienced a revival over the past 60 years.

Kessler’s papercuts celebrate Jewish holidays and the historical land of Israel. She uses many Judaic symbols forms in her designs. Her imagery is sourced in the Bible, Psalms, Jewish history, and observations of nature in Israel.

Kessler’s husband, Irving Kessler, is the former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford,

The Jewish Community of Amherst is located at 742 Main St. in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call (413) 256-0160.

Main Photo: Greta Kessler at work on her papercuts.

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