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Laura Cannamela: A Thousand Layers

April 1-July 22, 2023

cut paper relief forms by  Laura Cannamela

Wakana: Jo (Spring Shoots: Part One) from the Tale of Genji series

special handmade papers

Laura Cannamela

Hays Gallery

Laura Cannamela:
A Thousand Layers

Reception: Saturday, April 1
(Opening Day)

Laura Cannamela's cut paper relief forms are created with many layers of paper and, also, many layers of meaning. Informed by many sources, including the Genji Monogatari, topographic maps, waterfalls, Persian Miniatures, Tibetan thangkas, and Jūnihitoe kimonos, these intimately sized works reflect their literary, historical, and natural references.

Artist's Bio:

Born in New Jersey, Laura Cannamela received her MFA from Queens College of CUNY before moving to the Hudson Valley area. Her artwork has been featured in numerous exhibitions at galleries around New York and New England. Within the past year she has shown her artwork at Gallery Korea of the Korean Cultural Center in NYC, and at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Her ceramic sculpture installation was selected for the Hudson Valley Artists 2017 Purchase Award for the Samuel Dorsky Museum’s permanent art collection.

She has also received recognition for her artwork through the Platte Clove 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 2009 SOS Grant Program, and the NYFA 2008 Mark Program. In 2010, she was awarded a grant by the Freeman Foundation, along with the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, to travel to Japan.

Accompanying Programs:  

April 1, Opening Day


April 30, Sakura Celebration

  • 2pm - Tale of Genji Family Program - Children (ages 8-14) are invited to explore the world's first novel, Tale of Genji, and discover its representation in Laura Cannamela: A Thousand Layers.

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