Shows, talks, book signings and other events on Salley’s schedule are listed on the Shows & Events Page.
The original fabric relief illustrations from POCKETFUL OF POSIES are being exhibited in a traveling show, which began in September, 2010. The artwork is scheduled to show at different locations around the country, with the tour extended through and possibly beyond 2014.
One recent viewer of the exhibit in Fresno said, “I have most of your books, but I was moved to “goose bumps” when I saw the real work up close! Have recommended it, to many friends before it leaves Fresno.”
An Art New England review of the show when it was in Brattleboro, VT reads,“In astonishing detail, Mavor’s work above all conveys an artist who is entirely present. Beyond merely illustrating a story or poem, she brings us into it. Engaging with these works is like searching for stars in the night sky–at first we don’t recognize the extent of the delicate endless stitching, but as we keep our eyes focused, more and more appear. Surely her thread is gossamer, her fingers unimaginably nimble.”
About the book: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes is a 72-page, full-color, hardcover edition, illustrated in fabric relief by Salley Mavor and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pocketful of Posies has won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book and the Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Order the book from Amazon.com. Autographed books and posters are available from Etsy.
Exhibit Schedule: More locations will be added as venues and dates are confirmed. Please note: Some locations will show the entire collection of 50 original illustrations from Pocketful of Posies. Others will show a portion of the collection (as noted). Are you interested in hosting a future exhibit? Inquiries are welcome from museums, art centers and libraries (email@example.com).
Past Showings of original artwork from Pocketful of Posies: Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee, MA, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, Iowa, Thomas Dodd Center, UConn, Storrs, CT., Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT, Mashpee Public Library, Mashpee MA, Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, NY, Art Institute of Chicago, Sturgis Public Library, Barnstable, MA, Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL.
March 18 – May 24, 2013Pocketful of Posies: the Worlds of Salley Mavor at the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, CA. (25 pieces from “Posies” plus original illustrations from some of Salley’s other books)
June 2 – August 31, 2013 Pocketful of Posies at the Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Hedge House Museum, Plymouth, MA (20 pieces shown). Hours: Wed. – Sunday, 2 – 6 pm. Tues., June 25th, 7:00 pm An evening with Salley Mavor. Fee: $15; $12 members. Limited seating; reservations required. Call 508-746-0012.
Sept. 4 – Oct. 31, 2013 Pocketful of Posies at Historic Highfield Hall, Falmouth Massachusetts (50 pieces shown)
Nov. 9, 2013 - Jan. 26, 2014 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts (25 pieces shown)
July 5 – August 17, 2014 at the Lexington Public Library, Lexington, Kentucky (25 pieces shown)
See a series of posts showing the process of making borders for the book’s original artwork: Pocketful of Borders