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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.

Support the New York Folklore Society

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

*******Special Gallery hours for your shopping convenience on Sundays:*******
       December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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.

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

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.


Bernard Domingo was at the New York Folklore Society’s Gallery to help us c e l e b r a t e
the 18th annual Kids Arts Festival
on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

Sponsored by the ElectriCity Arts & Entertainment District, Kids Arts Festival targets pre-school and young school age children. The festival ran from noon until 4 p.m. Funding for the New York Folklore Society for this event was provided by Stewart’s Holiday Match and Schenectady County Initiative Program (SCIP).Bernard Domingo and son

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


A special display of gallery items will be on view at the Schenectady County Public Library during February, starting on February 1.
Central Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady, NY 12305, 518/388-4500
Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri & Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun 1-5 p.m.

This holiday season, New York Folklore Society once again featured the marionettes of Thom Battreal at the NYFS’ Folk Art Gallery. As a special treat, we invited everyone to come meet the artist during Downtown Schenectady’s Holiday Open House, December 7, 2013: We had cookies and spiced cider, greeted new and old friends, and enjoyed Thom’s creativity, as expressed through his whimsical and detailed puppets.


A Bounty of Folk Art!

NYFS”s “Community
Supported Art” (CSA) BOUNTY of FOLK ART
and receive six pieces of traditional folk art from New York State based folk artists. This is a great gift!
Limited number of shares available for $250. Find out how you can support traditional artists, the New York Folklore Society, and receive
six pieces of folk art
over six months.

Trader Joe's raffle

Stop by the NYFS Gallery to Buy a Raffle Ticket! Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. The winner then visits the Wolf Road (Albany) Trader Joe’s for a mystery gift card (at least $25, up to $100) redeemable at any TJ’s. If the raffle winner is from out of state or out of the area, we can obtain gift card for the winner and mail it. Our raffle runs through December 24.
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.

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