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Opening of traditional Turkish paper arts exhibit at NACC

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Tue, May 7th 2019 10:05 am

Traditional, paper-based art is the focus of a new exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, with a free, opening reception scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

“At Water’s Edge: Traditional Turkish Paper Arts” features the paper marbling and paper cut artworks of Hatice Erbas Sorkunlu, a local Buffalo-based artist originally from Turkey.

Ebru (paper marbling) is a 400-year-old-plus Turkish traditional art where the artist creates patterns and designs on the surface of water. It was recognized by UNESCO in 2014 as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Katı' sanatı (paper cutting) is the Turkish tradition of paper-cutting, a type of traditional art practiced in many cultures around the world, including Poland (wycinanki) and China (jianzhi).

Turkish paper cuts commonly feature geometric, figurative or calligraphy-based designs.

This exhibition marks the latest collaboration between the NACC and the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. It will be on display until June 24. For more information, call the NACC at 716-282-7530 or Edward Y. Millar at 716-286-8290.

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