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Korean paper artists to exhibit in Jim Thorpe

Published July 12. 2013 05:06PM

Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will present Jeonghan Yun and Choonhyang Yun's Trees Make Art.

The exhibit is a delicate and sophisticated fusion of Asian and Western papermaking techniques refined to create Zen (spiritual) "paintings" of paper alone. These works call the viewer into an intimate connection with the timeless essence of the natural world.

Rather than using traditionally flat paper, each piece is constructed of hand rendered paper, reflecting the introspection that meditative painting encourages. Each work incorporates a variety of colors and textures.

Traditional Asian papermaking techniques are utilized, involving the peeling, grinding, steaming and dying of the Dak tree. No other type of paper contains the exuberant colors or unique texture found in this paper. The work of Jeonghan and Choonhyang Yun focuses on the nature of the material itself.

The artists state that their handmade papers are non-toxic and provide endless inspirations in both two and three-dimensional form, and share that their "feelings, thoughts and movements are stored in the cellulose of the barks."

Jeonghan and Choonhyang have exhibited in galleries worldwide including New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, France and South Korea.

The exhibition will be on display starting Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. The artists will be available at noon and the opening reception will take place from 3-5 p.m. The Trees Make Art exhibit will run through Aug. 25.

Paintings and sculpture from the Foundation's permanent collection will also be on display. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, call Michelle Neifert at (570) 872-6466, or email

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