Event Details

A Swiss Folk Art
by Elda & Linda Schiesser

Friday, April 13, 2018 through Friday, June 8, 2018
Wellington and Muranyi Galleries


Creating scherenschnitte is a challenge of cultural study and heritage interests brought together in to an old Swiss art form. A piece of paper and a scissor are all that was needed. These self-taught techniques were gleaned by mother and daughter, Elda and Linda Schiesser of New Glarus, Wisconsin, from a book that was purchased during a 1985 trip to Switzerland. Each design is meant to convey a message or idea.

If you asked Linda or Elda why this Swiss art form is important to them, they would reply, "Doing Scherenschnitte has brought us great joy and peace in so many ways. Meeting people, promoting our Swiss heritage, and teaching others this old Swiss art has been the most gratifying reward we have received. The many wonderful people along the way have helped to create a window to the world. Seeing the world through the eyes of others is always a learning experience."  Sadly, Elda passed away on November 26, 2017 at 99 years of age.

Elda and Linda have had the opportunity to exhibit at the following: American Folk Art Museum (New York City, NY/1991); Swiss National Museum (Zurich, Switzerland/1994); Glarus, Switzerland (1995); Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife (Washington, D.C./1998); Wisconsin Folklife Festival (Madison, Wisconsin/1998); Swiss Days (Daly Plaza, Chicago, Illinois/1999); Wisconsin Historical Society ("Person-to-Person" Exhibits/2005-2007); Monroe Arts Center's "12 x 12" Exhibit (Monroe, Wisconsin/2011). In addition, Elda was one of five nominated by the Wisconsin governor to create an ornament for the White House Blue Room Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. in 2002.

Scherenschnitte (pronounced share-en-schnit-uh) is an old Swiss folk art involving the use of a small, tiny scissor and a piece of paper. Traditionally, Scherenschnitte designs are cut from black paper and mounted on to a background. Only a scissor can be used to create the design because "scheren" means "scissor," and "schnitte" means "to cut."

Friday, April 13, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by MAC Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc., and Season Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC and Big Radio, and with additional support provided by Michael and Shelley, Muranyi, Anonymous, Paul & Sue Barrett, Kevin & Chris Callahan, Pete Guenther & Barb Woodriff, Lee & Chris Knuteson, Don Amphlett & Jan Johnson, Kevin Indergand & Christine Pieper, and Chuck & Chris Wellington.