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Jessica Richter and Waltraude Stehwien: Scissor Cuts / Scherenschnitte

Until December 17, 2019.

Scherenschnitte (scissor cuts) is an art form where silhouettes are cut from one piece of special black paper with scissors or knives with no "hangers" - unattached pieces. It has a long history in German folk art. Immigrants brought Scherenschnitte to North America in the 17th century. Reflecting the Canadian artists in Scissor Cuts / Scherenschnitte, this collection of works ranges from traditional German Scherenschnitte represented by Waltraude Stehwien, a German immigrant, to papercut evolved into sculpture by Jess Richter, second generation born in Canada.

Employing creativity to express a landscape, scene and image with cut paper requires precision in drawing as well as dexterity of cutting. Stehwien prefers scissors as they “bite” the paper; designing her pieces by drawing out her complete design, reworking it on the back of the traditional black paper before making any cuts. 

While Stehwien enjoys the challenging restrictions of traditional Scherenschnitte, Richter explores all that paper can do. Richter, preferring the Exacto knife, works more organically creating pieces for her sculptures as she goes. 

Neither artist likes using computers in their art. In Stehwien’s opinion, "Computers are remote. Art is sensual." Richter reluctantly learned computer drafting for her MFA degree from the University of Regina but prefers the "tactileness" of pencil (or knife) to paper.

This exhibit is touring through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program. It is a special partnership with the Saskatchewan German Council.


Waltraude Stehwien, Rumpelstilzken on the Marionette Stage, scissor cut, 1991

Jessica Richter, Where Were You?, papercut, watercolour, gold leaf, 8.5”x11”, 2018.


​Sandra MacColl was a visionary and had a quiet way of making her visions come to life.  In 2006 one of her visions came to life in the creation of the Community pARTners Gallery, a small public gallery space in the Yorkton Public Library.

The space is the result of a partnership of the City of Yorkton, the Yorkton Public Library and the Yorkton Arts Council.It is a wonderful creative space that welcomes all. In her vision SandraMacColl saw beyond her own life and continues in her support of the arts even after passing away. Her generosity will ensure the continuation of the programming and maintenance of the Community pARTners Gallery for years to come.​​

community pARTners gallery​​