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Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society


Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society

129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY ♦ 518/346-7008

Gallery Hours:
           Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society is a consignment folk art gallery that provides a sales outlet for folk arts from New York State. Over 65 folk and traditional artists are represented in the gallery. This includes Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) beadworkers and basketmakers, wood carvers, quilters and other fiber artists, stone carvers, and furniture makers.

We also carry hard-to-find books of regional interest and audio recordings of folk and traditional music.

image of sculpture
This photograph by Harry Wirtz.

Located in an airy and light-filled storefront on historic Jay Street in Schenectady, we offer a wide variety of woodcarving, quilts, decoys, Iroquois handicrafts, handwoven baskets, historic tinware, Amish furniture and quilted wallhangings, and books and CD’s of regional significance among many other items related to New York State.

Please take the time to come visit with us and peruse journals of New York Folklore dating back to its inception in 1945, and our many other publications.

Along with selling affordable traditional art, the gallery also provides educational material about the artists and their artistic traditions, which serve to enlighten the public about various cultural communities around New York State.

Artist Demonstrations are made possible with a grant from the Schenectady County Initiative Program of the Schenectady County Planning Department.

See WNYT-Albany’s report about us for Small Business Saturday below  ⇓
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Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern

A photographic study in black and white, FARM AND FIELD: THE RURAL FOLK ARTS OF THE CATSKILL REGION,will be on display at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady beginning March 3, 2017.

The photographs of local farms and related subjects by photojournalist Benjamin Halpern is a collaborative initiative among the New York Folklore Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, and Catskill Folk Connection, to document and showcase the rural folk arts rooted in the agricultural heritage of New York State. New York’s dairy industry continues to play a prominent role, but it now shares the spotlight with growers of fine foods and produce to satisfying the palate of local and regional consumers alike. The photographs highlight a variety of interactions between people and their landscape that reflect the ongoing nature of agriculture in rural Upstate New York, and will be on display at the New York Folklore Society through Memorial Day weekend.

An informal “opening reception” and curator’s talk took place Sunday, March 5th, between noon and 2:00, at the New York Folklore Society, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady. Benjamin Halpern, photographer, and curator of the exhibit, discussed the objectives of his photo-documentation and answer any questions. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

All programs are free. New York Folklore Society is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Funding for this project made possible in part by a grant from the Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program.


Artist in the Gallery:
Bob Bernardi

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Come meet and chat with Bob Bernardi

Bob Bernardi, a woodturner/woodworker of Altamont, NY has worked with wood for many years, making bookshelves, carving, and doing some turnings, mostly family items. In 1999, he joined the Northeastern Woodworkers Association and became a member of one of its special interest groups, the Adirondack Woodturners Association. He is also a member of the Old Country Guild of Woodturners and a member of the national American Association of Woodturners. Bob turns a variety of items: tops, ornaments, key fobs, shawl pins, food stirrers, jewelry dishes, and bowls. He uses local woods for the most part and relishes the fact that New York State has a great selection of “hardwoods.”


21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival — June 6, 2015

When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jay Street Outside of Schenectady City Hall, and Jay Street Mall (Rain Location: Inside City Hall)

The 21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on June 6, 2015, included FREE, hands-on arts activities for pre-school and school age children to enjoy!
New York Folklore Society hosted Brooklyn gourd artist Cheryl Thomas, who demonstrated and sold her small rattles, gourd seeds, and small shekeres.
The kids loved the live entertainment, including puppets, music, dancing and wandering street performers throughout the day.
With free admission to this fun-filled kids’ event, it was a great way to introduce the little ones to the arts.


The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the
William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation


Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack
A photographic exhibit about the workers and working life of the thoroughbred horse racing industry in the United States, with an emphasis on the racetracks owned and operated by the New York Racing Association, which operates Belmont and Aqueduct Racetracks in New York City and the racetrack at Saratoga Springs, NY.


Based on oral history interviews conducted by folklorist Ellen McHale, the exhibit and companion book (published by the University of Mississippi Press), portray the occupational life of the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetrack—the stables and barns which house the thoroughbred horses during a racing season, the temporary housing for the individuals concerned with the care and training of the horses, and the small outbuildings which house the myriad of support services and businesses upon which the horsemen rely. Within the world of the backstretch, trainers, assistant trainers, exercise riders, jockeys, and others tend to the horses that are a focus for wealthy owners, racing spectators, and owners. This occupational community on the boundaries of the public sphere of the racetrack creates its own identity through naming practices, narrative conventions, and a specialized vocabulary. Occupiers of the backstretch frequently reference other family members and prior generations as their entrée into this world of the backstretch.

Ellen McHale is a 2012 recipient of the Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the culture and traditions of American Workers to generate significant digital archival collections to be preserved in the American Folklife Center archive and made available to researchers and the public.

The Stable Views exhibit will be on display at the New York Folklore Society’s Gallery of New York Artists (129 Jay Street, Schenectady) through the end of October 2017.

For additional information, please contact NYFS at info@nyfolklore.org

SEE "Railroad Phaintings! on
Schenectady Today with K.O. Wilson


K. O. Wilson
Delaware County, NY

Exhibition of Current Trains

Mr. Wilson’s photographs are taken at remote locations along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks. Unique beyond the generally unseen view of Mr. Wilson’s work is vibrancy that is post-mainstream photography. He employs shooting in low-light conditions, directly into the sun, and upon colorless landscapes.

Gallery of New York Artists at
the New York Folklore Society

129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

A selection of model trains of various scales will also be on display during Mr. Wilson’s exhibit. The model trains are provided by the Mohawk Valley Model Railroad Company, 2037 Hamburg St., Schenectady.

See an interview with K.O. Wilson in the Gallery.

Exhibit Dates:
September 27 through October 24, 2015

Meet the Artist:
Sunday October 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free to the Public

The New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program

See Executive Director Ellen McHale on
Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.



The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce a presentation by
Carol Lukovich in our Gallery
Sunday, March 29, 2015 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Gallery of New York Folklore and Traditions, 129 Jay Street Schenectady, NY

Ms. Lukovich will be demonstrating the making of baskets and decorations woven from pine needles, as part of the New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series.

A tradition from the southern United States originating with Seminoles in Florida, Carol innovates the traditional art through designing and creating pottery inserts for many of her baskets. Carol explains, “Pottery is my addition which would not be in traditional baskets.” Carol has been exhibiting and selling her baskets at the Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society since 2013. Also available is the Gallery is the book Pine Needles to Baskets and Other Things, edited by Ms. Lukovich, which includes instructions, suggestions and examples for creating beautiful and durable baskets and other items.Ms. Lukovich resides in Vestal, New York.

New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program.

Shop Online at New York Traditions for folk art, books, music, and handmade gifts. Check out these new items. Open 24 hours for your shopping convenience!
Large Dream Catcher with feathers
Songs to Keep songbook
pie shaped basket with cardinal pottery insert

Clockwise: Dreamcatcher, Basket, Peppermill, Songbook

NEW YORK FOLKLORE SOCIETY ♦ 129 Jay Street ♦ Schenectady, NY 12305 ♦ 518.346.7008 ♦ Fax 518.346.6617 ♦ nyfs@nyfolklore.org