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:Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art of braiding manes
Come Join Us for the Exhibition Opening! Friday, June 5, 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
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. Explore the community found within the backstretch of the
thoroughbred racetracks in New York State, such as Belmont. As
a location, the “backstretch” is that physical area of the racetrack
lying out of sight from the public. The backstretch can also
refer to the community of workers which is forged through a
common activity – the care of the race horse. Discover the world
of trainers, exercise riders, jockeys, saddle makers and others. It opens at Flushing Town Hall on June 5, 2015, and runs June 6 – June 28, 2015. Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun 12–5 p.m. Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students.
Farm and Field:The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern
June 1–July 30, 2015
Livingston Manor Free Library
92 Main Street, Livingston Manor, NY
Reception and Curator’s Talk
with Benjamin Halpern and Ellen McHale, PhD July 24, 6:30 p.m.
“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of New York Folklore Society’s collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. 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
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.
See Executive Director Ellen McHale on Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.