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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: Life in the Backstretch of 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!
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. Read more...

Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
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....


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



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

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.

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

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