2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Birthday Cake at New York Folklore

When: Thursday, June 6th, Noon

Where: NYF Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady

Come to Downtown Schenectady to hear the first “Jazz on Jay” program for the 2019 season. Afterwards, stop by New York Folklore for a slice of birthday cake as we celebrate our 75th anniversary. Then, take a moment to pop into our newly redesigned exhibition gallery and retail spaces.

Birthday cake at New York Folklore, 129 Jay Street immediately following the “Jazz on Jay” program. Please join us – we’d love to see you!


2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Cultural Bridge: Connecting the Mohawk Valley, NY with the Alay Valley, Republic of Kyrgyzstan

When: Wednesday, June 12th, 4‐8 p.m.

Where: Duanesburg High School, 163 School Rd, Delanson, NY

Join us for this delightful cultural event, culminating our virtual exchange project with students from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. Click the image above to view the flyer.




2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Ebru: The Art of Turkish Paper Marbling with Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu

When: March 30th, 2019 through August 31, 2019.

Where: NYF Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady

New York Folklore’s inaugural Folk Art Gallery exhibition will showcase the work of Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu. Ebru (Turkish paper marbling) is a traditional art where paint is floated in a tray of water and different tools and techniques are used to make unique designs on the surface, before being transferred to paper. Ebru is believed to have been invented in thirteenth century Turkistan. This decorative art then spread to China, India and Persia and Anatolia. Seljuk and Ottoman calligraphers and artists used marbling to decorate books, imperial decrees, official correspondence and documents. New forms and techniques were perfected in the process and Turkey remained the center of marbling for many centuries.

The Exhibition and programming are supported with public funds from the Schenectady County Initiative Program and the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support for the New York Folk Art Gallery provided by the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation.


2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

In Harm’s Way: Community Responses to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee

When: Open through May 2019

Where: Mabee Farm Historic Site of the Schenectady County Historical Society, Rotterdam Junction

In 2011, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee delivered two consecutive blows to communities in the Schoharie and Mohawk Watershed, as torrential rains caused unprecedented flooding throughout the region. Five years later, in 2016, NYF Executive Director, Ellen McHale, began to record the personal experience narratives of flood survivors and volunteers: first through a series of community “sharing” sessions focused upon the volunteer experience and later through recording the personal experience stories of those whose lives and property had been directly impacted by the catastrophic flooding caused by Irene and Lee in the Mohawk and Schoharie Watersheds. This exhibition is one result of this documentation. It represents a partnership with Long Island Traditions with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.