SPECIAL THIS MONTH… This summer, Delray Beach’s Center for the Arts invites you to experience the Cornell Museum’s intimate gallery spaces and discover a world where ordinary paper has been transformed into extraordinary works of art. This exhibit features exquisite works by 16 artists, who have been featured in galleries around the world. Each artist has developed a unique style of working with paper as an art medium through cutting, sculpting, layering, assembling and other techniques. The resulting two and three dimensional art will surprise and amaze. Exhibit dates run May 23rd through August 24th, 2014. The Cornell Museum, located at the corner of Atlantic and Swinton Avenues, has new hours and admission. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed Monday and major holidays; $5 for all; members and children under the age of 6 are free. Artists include Bruce Helander of Palm Beach, who specializes in collage and assemblage and has been called, “… arguably the most recognized and successful collage artist in the country…” by City Link magazine. His work is in over 50 major museum collections from New York to Los Angeles. Michelle Chassing of Delray Beach is a collage artist from France. Many of her works are inspired by her travels to Europe and the South of France, where she spends much of her time working each year. Hina Aoyama lives and works in Japan. She describes her art as “super fine lacy-paper- cuttings done by a simple pair of scissors.” Beth Appleton is known for her watercolor/cut paper assemblages, has developed a unique style infusing brilliant colors and vitality. Cara Barer of Houston transforms books into art by sculpting them, dyeing them and then presenting them as objects of beauty through the medium of photography. Charles Clarey uses layered paper to build intriguing “land formations” that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves. Jupi Das, of Philadelphia, was born in India and began paper cutting during a short stay in Beijing, China. Her work pays homage to the ancient tradition of paper cutting with elements from Chinese, Japanese, German and Swiss traditions added. Brian Dettmer, of Atlanta, transforms out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries into sculptures. He carves one page at a time, and nothing inside the book is relocated or implanted, only removed. Amy Gesnervcuts, rolls and combines paper and paint to explore her obsession with texture, pattern, and color inspired by natural forms and organic processes. Will Kurtz, from Brooklyn, is a figurative artist, who creates life-size paper sculptures of people and other subjects that evoke emotion, compassion, empathy, sympathy and humor. Bovey Lee is a cut paper artist from Hong Kong. She hand cuts each work on a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper backed with silk using no rulers or stencils. Hiromi Moneyhun from Jacksonville is a paper-cut artist from Kyoto, Japan. Her three dimensional works combine traditional Japanese visual art forms with the “super- modernity” now found in Japan’s largest cities. She has been most influenced by Edo Period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga). Jeremy Pantoja is a cut paper artist, who combines drawings and cut paper to create his whimsical pieces. Miami’s Alex Queral carves faces into ordinary phone books by literally peeling away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Matthew Rose lives and works in Paris, France and is known widely for his collage works and wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor installations. Annie Vought creates intricate, lace-like tributes to the written word by cutting away the words of poems and letters by a myriad of authors. As she cuts away the negative spaces the words hold together, keeping the continuity and shape of the original piece of paper. The Delray Beach Center for the Arts, located at Old School Square offers world- class events, theater, exhibits and learning opportunities at its various amenities across downtown Delray Beach. For information visit the website at DelrayArts.org, or call 561-243-7922.