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 4th from 3 PM to 5:30 PM. Works in the show will span 30 years and chart the development of the artist’s work.
Shelley lives in Ithaca, NY, 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), and The National Museum of Women and the Arts, The Fenimore Art Museum (Cooperstown, NY) and Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls, NY), and on summer weekends at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.
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 518-346-7008, or through our website for additional information.