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2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

Mary Michael Shelley – Retrospective Exhibit

Hand Carved and Painted Artwork

When: Friday, October 4th, 2019 through early January, 2020.

Where: New York Folklore Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady NY

Artist and Ithaca resident Mary Michael Shelley (AKA Folk Art Mary) will have a rare retrospective show of her hand carved and painted artwork this fall at New York Folklore, located at 129 Jay Street in downtown Schenectady. There will be an artist meet and greet, carving demonstration and light refreshments on Friday, October 4 from 3:00PM to 5:30PM. Works in the show will span 30 years and chart the development of the artist’s work.

Shelley lives in Ithaca, NY, in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. She has been making her carved picture stories for 45 years and has produced more than 2,000 works, many of them featuring New York upstate themes.

The artist’s work is in the American Folk Art Museum, the American Museum in Britain, the High Museum, The Smithsonian Institution (White House Easter Egg Collection), The National Museum of Women and the Arts, The Fenimore Art Museum (Cooperstown, NY) and Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls, NY). On summer weekends, she can be found carving at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.

Connect with Mary on her website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

The exhibit will be at New York Folklore through early January, 2020. New York Folklore is open 10AM to 4PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 10AM to 2PM Sundays. Please contact us at [email protected], by telephone 518-346-7008, or our contact page.

2018 Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society

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