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Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society
New York Folklore Society129 Jay St.

HOURS: MON-SAT 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; SUN 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;
or by appt.

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Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society

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

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by Appointment

*******Special Gallery hours for your shopping convenience:*******
       Open Mondays: November 30– December 21, 2015 and
Open until 5 p.m. on Nov. 21 (Downtown Holiday Parade)

The Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society is 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.

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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.
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      53 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617 (315) 386-4289

Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of Thoroughbred Racetracks
Many North Country residents have enjoyed a day at the Saratoga racetrack, where the spectacle is the excitement of the race and the fancy dress of the spectators. Folklorist Ellen McHale has spent years behind the scenes at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks, getting to know the workers who care for the horses, out of the public’s sight. What she found was a tight-knit community, whose love for the animals in their care is the basis for a rich occupational culture. That research is the subject of an exhibit now on display at The TAUNY Center. The exhibit consists of photos, quotes from the workers featured presented in English and Spanish, and artifacts from the backstretch.

The exhibit will remain on display July through early November. Curator and NYFS Director Ellen McHale will be at TAUNY on December 5 to sign books.

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


21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival — June 6, 2015

When: Sat, Jun 6, 2015 | 12:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jay Street Outside of Schenectady City Hall, and Jay Street Mall (Rain Location: Inside City Hall)

The 21st Annual Kids’ Arts Festival on June 6, 2015, included FREE, hands-on arts activities for pre-school and school age children to enjoy!
New York Folklore Society hosted Brooklyn gourd artist Cheryl Thomas, who demonstrated and sold her small rattles, gourd seeds, and small shekeres.
The kids loved the live entertainment, including puppets, music, dancing and wandering street performers throughout the day.
With free admission to this fun-filled kids’ event, it was a great way to introduce the little ones to the arts.


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



Shop the Gallery for your
Holiday Gifts!

Featured Artist of the Week:

A master storyteller, Jonathan grew up on tall tales and day dreams. Jonathan was selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine. He enchants children every year at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals performing finger fables, story theater, and New York lore.

Jonathan Kruk has a way with the spoken word, the telling gesture, the sprinkling of humor and the appropriate costume for a smorgasbord of stories.” —The New York Times, March 23, 2003

Santa on the Hudson CD—Stories of the Christmas Spirit as told by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk/Music by Matt Noble $15

Rip Van Winkle CD—A dramatic reading by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk $15


K. O. Wilson
Delaware County, NY

Exhibition of Current Trains

Mr. Wilson’s photographs are taken at remote locations along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks. Unique beyond the generally unseen view of Mr. Wilson’s work is vibrancy that is post-mainstream photography. He employs shooting in low-light conditions, directly into the sun, and upon colorless landscapes.

Gallery of New York Artists at
the New York Folklore Society

129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

A selection of model trains of various scales will also be on display during Mr. Wilson’s exhibit. The model trains are provided by the Mohawk Valley Model Railroad Company, 2037 Hamburg St., Schenectady.

See an interview with K.O. Wilson.

Exhibit Dates:
September 27 through October 24, 2015

Meet the Artist:
Sunday October 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free to the Public

The New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program



The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce a presentation by
Carol Lukovich in our Gallery
Sunday, March 29, 2015 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Gallery of New York Folklore and Traditions, 129 Jay Street Schenectady, NY

Ms. Lukovich will be demonstrating the making of baskets and decorations woven from pine needles, as part of the New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series.

A tradition from the southern United States originating with Seminoles in Florida, Carol innovates the traditional art through designing and creating pottery inserts for many of her baskets. Carol explains, “Pottery is my addition which would not be in traditional baskets.” Carol has been exhibiting and selling her baskets at the Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society since 2013. Also available is the Gallery is the book Pine Needles to Baskets and Other Things, edited by Ms. Lukovich, which includes instructions, suggestions and examples for creating beautiful and durable baskets and other items.Ms. Lukovich resides in Vestal, New York.

New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program.

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