NEW YORK TRADITIONS:
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.
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 CDs 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
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.
The gallery is made possible with the generous support of the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation
HAVE YOU SEEN OUR DRAGON IN SCHENECTADY?
The Open Door, Schenectady’s locally owned independent bookstore, at 128 Jay Street, is sponsoring a summer event involving 20 businesses (including the New York Folklore Society) centered around Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steven Light, a fantastic book celebrating cities and art and dragons. The bookstore will host a month-long scavenger hunt to find their dragon in 20 participating local businesses in July, culminating in prizes and a party on July 30 at the bookstore with author-illustrator Steven Light. Visit the Open Door for more details.
See Executive Director Ellen McHale on Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.