Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gentle art of silhouette

This sounds like an amazing idea for a holiday card, gift or decor.

Artist Deborah O’Connor is dedicated to preserving the 19th century art form of silhouettes, and she will be at Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison on Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of cutting shadow portraits of all family members, including pets!

“The silhouettes are perfect for those who like to make their own greeting cards,” Donna Blaney, Boscobel’s event coordinator, said in a press release. “They can add a truly old-fashioned feel to holiday cards made online...simply scan the silhouette at home and upload to your favorite card-making website.”

Here is more information:

Each silhouette created by Ms. O’Connor is a small work of art, created freehand using paper and scissors as the only tools. There is no drawing or tracing done first, making it a vanishing art form as far from today’s digital world as you can get. The resulting heirloom-quality portraits are stunning and perfect for framing, gift giving, and more. Matting and framing will be available on site. Prices start at approximately $40.
Call 845-265-3638 x115 to make an appointment for your silhouette sitting. Visit for more information. Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison, New York. From April through October, hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the last tour at 4:15 p.m. The museum and distinctive gift shop are open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

1 comment:

Andy Bicking said...

If you live in the Hudson Valley and you missed this great event, Jenny Lee Fowler lives in the Kingston area and also cuts traditional freehand silhouette portraits from live sittings or photographs: