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 around the country. The tour began when the book was published in September, 2010. Since then, thousands of people from coast to coast and in between have seen the collection of 50 pieces of artwork. Starting in 2014, a select group of 20 to 25 pieces will continue to be shown in new locations.
Katherine French, executive director of the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA said of the exhibit, “This is very sophisticated work. When you describe it, it sounds too precious, but the reaction is one of amazement. People hear about it and say, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ but then they see it and are blown away.”
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 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 copies are available from Salley Mavor’s Etsy shop.
Exhibit Schedule: More locations will be added as venues and dates are confirmed. Are you interested in hosting a future exhibit? Inquiries are welcome from museums, art centers and libraries with suitable gallery space and funding for shipping costs. Please contact Salley for more information about hosting an exhibit.
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, Chicago, IL; Sturgis Public Library, Barnstable, MA; Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL; Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, CA; Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Hedge House Museum, Plymouth, MA; New England Quilt Museum, Lowell MA; Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA; Gallery 65 on William, New Bedford, MA; Cotuit Library, Cotuit MA.
July 5 – August 17, 2014 at the Lexington Public Library, Lexington, Kentucky (24 pieces shown)
New Addition! April 2 – April 29, 2015 at the Newton Free Library, Newton, Massachusetts. (20 to 25 pieces shown)
October 17, 2015 – January 31, 2016 at the Upcountry Museum – Furman University, Greenville, SC (20 to 25 pieces). Artist talk to be announced.
See a series of posts showing the process of making borders for the book’s original artwork: Pocketful of Borders