What began as a way for two long-distance lovers to feel like they were “in the same room together” five years ago has flourished into a successful collaboration between Muriel Wheatley and her beau, Levi Greenacres, as they’ve since produced nearly 75 intricate papercut creations, seven of which are currently being featured in Centralia’s Rectangle Gallery and Creative Space.
Librarian and papercut artist Muriel Wheatley posing alongside the bronze statue of George and Mary Jane Washington at Centralia’s George Washington Park.
“Back then, I was still living in Seattle. I was getting my master’s for being a librarian and we didn’t get to see each other very often,” explained Wheatley, 35, who’s been working as a supervisor at the Centralia Timberland Library for the past three years. “He would scan his drawings and email them to me and I would print them out, do the papercutting. We’d just go back and forth like that.”
Greenacres, a Portland-based tattooist and children’s book illustrator in his early 40s, was reportedly an accomplished full-time artist in his own right prior to collaborating with Wheatley in their long-distance venture, known as Lovebirds Paper.