OLEAN, NY —  “papercuts,” Wendy Bale’s first solo show of her cut paper sculpture, will open Saturday, 2-8 p.m., in the Tri-County Arts Council, 110 W. State St.

The event, like other TCAC exhibit openings, will be free and open to the public, but it has been organized according to New York State social distancing guidelines. Bale will give exclusive tours to those who are interested in attending the opening reception. Twelve groups will be scheduled, with no more than 10 people per group.

To sign up, persons can visit the TCAC website at https://www.myartscouncil.net/galleries.html or call the arts council at 716-372-7455.

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Bale works to combine her love of nature and environmentalism into her hand-cut paper sculptures and charcoal drawings.

 “These past couple of years I have tried several different techniques for paper cutting," Bale said. "It’s a very old practice, and I have found many traditional and modern ways of working in this fascinating medium. I have discovered my own combinations adding charcoal elements and have developed my own style through this exploration.”

Bale uses knives, scissors and even torn paper techniques for her hand-done processes. Her upcoming exhibit represents hours of learning, experimentation and discovery.

“It is my hope people will see simple paper and scissors in a new light, and imagine the possibilities,” she said.

Wendy and her furniture-maker husband, “Sandhill” Bill, live in a historic home, full of art on the walls, near the Audubon Community Nature Center in Jamestown. They have separate studio spaces. An avid birder, she often depicts subjects found in their rural neighborhood.

The couple has collaborated on two notable shows celebrating and exploring important waterways in their lives. “Current” was hung at the Octagon Gallery in Westfield, New York, in the spring of 2018, “Riparian Zone” has been rescheduled for 2021 at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren, Pennsylvania.

The show will continue at the TCAC gallery Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and by appointment on weekends.

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