Pennsylvania Dutch Halloween Scherenschnitte

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A fun display of Halloween folk art. Combining intricate artwork with short poems, this collection captures Halloween themes with poems of spiders, bats, and pumpkins. Each original entry is displayed in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect with an English translation. The artwork, a traditional style of scissor cutting, is cut from black paper, overlaying an orange background. A brief introduction reveals how this group came to celebrate October 31, and an instructional page includes a pattern for readers to make their own Halloween paper cutting.
ISBN: 9781589809567
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Images: 36
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 11 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Peter V. Fritsch has lived his entire life in Longswamp Township in Berks County, Pennsylvania, as did the seven generations of his family before him. A folk artist all his life, he especially enjoys the scissors-cutting art of scherenschnitte, which he has practiced for more than forty years. He was raised in a rural country setting, speaking and writing the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect as a second language. A passionate instructor, Fritsch taught art classes in the Reading Public School System for thirty-three years. He also taught German history and culture at Ursinus College for eight years. Fritsch has been involved in local organizations to promote the preservation of the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, such as the Pennsylvania German Society. Now retired from everything except homesteading, he describes himself as a "stay-at-home Dutchman." Fritsch earned a BS in art education and a master's degree in education from Kutztown University. He lives on his family's ancestral farm in Alburtis, Pennsylvania.