Fiske Free Library

108 Broad Street
Claremont, New Hampshire



Silhouette Artist

Carolyn Guest, Silhouette and paper cut artist, will be at the library on Saturday, October 11th from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM to cut silhouette portraits.

Carolyn Guest grew up on a farm in Lyndon, Vermont—not far from her father’s fifth generation home farm. She was an active 4-H member and, as a young adult, spent six months living and working in Poland as an International 4-H Youth Exchange student. Folk art and crafts were always an intricate part of her life. While there, she was introduced to the Polish Folk Art of Wycinanki (vee-chee-non-kee) or paper cutting.

Paper cutting has become a way for her to tell about her experiences, the stories she has heard and reflects her rural Vermont heritage. Carolyn continues to challenge herself by seeing what she can cut using her sheep shears. She has chosen to cut with sheep shearing shears in tribute to her Polish teachers and the Polish Women who only had sheep shears with which to cut “Wycinanki."

Preregistration and payment of a $20.00 sitting fee is required for portraits. The fee includes two views of the subject. Please call or stop by the library to register. At noon Ms. Guest will give a brief talk on the art of paper cutting. For more information please call 542-7017. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fiske Free Library.

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