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Artist’s saw gives people something to see at Ridgewood Library


MAY 22, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015, 12:30 AM

Manfred Wegner creates wooden cut-outs of historical sites, famous icons, family and other familiar faces.

The artist’s saw-cut scroll art is being shown at the Ridgewood Public Library’s Bolger Auditorium during the month of May.

Peter Mullany, a professor of English literature and a frequent visitor to the library, called the exhibit “quite fascinating” and “very impressive work.”

Wegner was introduced to scroll art when he was 6 years old by his father in Germany, but did not become seriously involved with it until two years ago. He moved to the United States from his native country in 1961.

He has worked with other forms of media, including watercolor, pencil drawings, paper cutting and photography. Wegner said he likes scroll art because it’s more hands-on.

His technique for scroll art begins by drawing an image he would like to re-create. He then transfers the image to plywood, using black marker to outline the areas he will cut out with an electric saw.

Wegner has created about 60 pieces this year – he made more than 100 last year.