It’s Christmas in JULY at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery

It’s never too late to start thinking about Christmas. At least that’s the sentiment at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford, where all the light and joy of the holidays can be found from Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 31 with an Opening Reception on Friday, July 22 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Featured at this special Christmas exhibit will be a collection of Martha Link Walsh’s holiday-themed papercuttings, and paintings by Margaret B. Dean.

Eleven Pipers Piping, A PAPER-CUT CHRISTMAS:The Twelve Days of Christmas by Martha Link Walsh.

Eleven Pipers Piping, A PAPER-CUT CHRISTMAS:The Twelve Days of Christmas by Martha Link Walsh.

Specializing in commissioned original artwork, Martha creates unique, one-of-a-kind papercut art. Just as an author pens a story, Martha takes scissors to paper and captures the spirit of one’s life journey. She is a true storyteller, and her cuttings combine symbols and images in intricate groupings cut from a single piece of paper. “Christmas is filled with stories of family traditions, and mine is no exception,” she explains. “My Mom loved the holidays, and always started her preparations in July. This show is a tribute to the memory of how much she enjoyed the season and how special she made the holidays for me and my sister.”

Now you can enjoy Martha’s Mom’s tradition of Christmas in July. Stop by the Gallery to enjoy the art exhibit, sample Christmas cookies, see festive snowflakes and lights, and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Martha’s ornaments,Paper-cut Christmas books, and the new 2017 Calendar will be available for purchase.

Christmas in July will be held at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street (Rte. 1), Branford, CT 06405. Refreshments served. Please contact Martha at 203-481-3505 for more information, or visithttp://www.marthalinkwalsh.com.

Papercutting Tells a Story

Specializing in commissioned originals, Martha creates unique, one-of-a-kind papercut art. Just as an author pens a story, Martha takes scissors to paper and captures the spirit of one’s life journey. Her cuttings combine symbols and images in intricate groupings, cut from a single piece of paper.

Martha’s artwork makes a thoughtful gift for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and those special moments needing thoughtful commemoration.

Men can be so hard to buy for. Does he love to fish? Is his passion cooking? Is his family his focus? Why not tell his story through images and dedicate an original paper-cutting to him.

Men can be so hard to buy for. Does he love to fish? Is his passion cooking? Is his family his focus? Why not tell his story through images and dedicate an original paper-cutting to him.

Stop by anytime and let’s design the perfect gift for Father’s Day!

The Martha Link Walsh Gallery is located at 188 North Main Street, Route 1, Branford, CT 06405. Please contact Martha at 203-481-3505 for more information, or visit www.marthalinkwalsh.com.

Martha’s artwork will be on exhibit during June at both Lynn’s Deli (318 East Main Street, Branford) and the State Capitol Building in Hartford.

On June 26 there will be an Artist’s Critique Event at the gallery – please call for details, 203-481-3505.

The Art of Papercutting

Specializing in commissioned originals, Martha creates unique, one-of-a-kind papercut art. Just as an author pens a story, Martha takes scissors to paper and captures the spirit of one’s life journey. Her cuttings combine symbols and images in intricate groupings, cut from a single piece of paper.

Martha’s artwork makes a thoughtful gift for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and those special moments needing thoughtful commemoration.

For me, the swan has always personified my Mom. She was incredibly beautiful inside and out. Fiercely protective but nurturing of her family she moved through her life with grace and fluidity.

For me, the swan has always personified my Mom. She was incredibly beautiful inside and out. Fiercely protective but nurturing of her family she moved through her life with grace and fluidity.

What represents your Mom? Your wife? Someone you love? Let us work together to create the perfect gift for the woman in your life, a special gift for Mother’s Day and more! Give me a call or stop by the Gallery today!

The Martha Link Walsh Gallery is located at 188 North Main Street, Route 1, Branford, CT 06405. Please contact Martha at 203-481-3505 for more information, or visit www.marthalinkwalsh.com.

23rd Annual Holiday Open House

23rd Annual Holiday Open House Hosted by Cynthia’s Flower Shop and the Martha Link Walsh Gallery with a Percentage of Sales Donated to the Branford Food Council

Event hosts Cynthia Purcell and Martha Link Walsh.

Event hosts Cynthia Purcell and Martha Link Walsh.

Join us for our 23rd Annual Holiday Open House, December 5th and 6th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring home a treasure to celebrate the spirit of the season from the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, Cynthia’s Flower Shop and the Secret Garden Bookshop.

You’ll find holiday decorations, original paper cuts, oil paintings by Margaret B. Dean, antique and hand-cut ornaments, wreaths and greens, flower arrangements, treasured books, hand-crafted jewelry and many surprises. Plus, treats provided by Take the Cake! There’s something for everyone on your list!

A percentage of sales from the Open House will be donated to the Branford Food Council.

For more information, contact Cynthia’s Flower Shop, 188 North Main St., Branford, (203) 481-3115, www.cynthiasflowershop.com or the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main St., Branford, (203) 481-3505,www.marthalinkwalsh.com.

Join Us for a Special Book Signing

Martha Link Walsh will introduce her new book, A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver, at her gallery on Thursday, December 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.This special evening will kick off her book-signing events and the holiday distribution of this magical book.

Storytelling is at the heart of Martha’s art and A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver. This collection of endearing stories, accented by Martha’s imaginative artwork, shares favorite legends and the origins of Christmas beliefs around the world. Both oral history and written documentation are combined to create joy-filled tales about the miracles of the holiday.

Concerned that the “Coca-Cola” Santa was taking over the rich and varied stories of various characters who annually arrive in December, Martha recounts the fanciful foundations of today’s beliefs and celebrations through the art of cut paper. Whether it is Italy’s Lady Befana, Sweden’s St. Lucia, or Finland’s Joulupukki, the illustrations and stories are captivating reminders of folk tales and treasured beliefs that have lasted generations.

A self-taught artist, Walsh has maintained a gallery in Branford for 40 years, selling her original creations and one-of-a-kind paper-cut family heirlooms. Each is designed to tell a story – a birth, a wedding, a retirement, a celebration – in paper-cut images and symbols that capture memories for years to come.

As a special gift is included for those who purchase A Paper-Cut Christmas: Legends of the Gift Giver at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery, 188 North Main Street in Branford. Copies may also be purchased online atwww.marthalinkwalsh.com.

For more information, contact Martha at (203) 481-3505, or marthalinkwalsh@comcast.net.