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The Gallery of New York Folk Art
New York Folklore Society129 Jay St.

HOURS: MON-SAT 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; SUN hours (MAY-OCT) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;
or by appt.

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The Gallery of New York Folk Art

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

Gallery Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday hours (May-October) 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (in conjunction with the Schenectady Greenmarket outside City Hall); or by Appointment

The New York Folklore Society operates its Gallery of New York Folk Arts — NEW YORK TRADITIONS — 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.


STABLE VIEWS: Voices and Stories
from the Thoroughbred Racetrack

Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art of braiding manes
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art
of braiding manes

Come Join Us for the Exhibition Opening!
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library

Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing.

The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. It opens at The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls on August 5, 2014, and runs through December 2014. Read more...

The 20th Annual Kids Arts Festival allowed children to explore the arts from noon until 4 p.m. on June 7, 2014, on Jay Street in Schenectady, NY. Click on these photos to see larger images with captions.

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!
Baby's cloche
Cloche and diaper set
Pysanky eggscribbage set
Clockwise: Baby's cloche; Pysanky eggs, cribbage set, diaper set with cloche.

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


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

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