What people are saying about “Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches”:

“It feels like your art is the antidote to, I don’t know, maybe most of the rest of the world.” – Martha Mary

“After our visit, my husband said it was the best day of 2020.” – Kathy

“The genius of Salley Mavor’s meticulously realized imaginative worlds is just what we need right now.” – Lee Roscoe, Artscope Magazine

Touring Exhibition

A touring exhibition of original bas-relief embroidered illustrations by Salley Mavor for her new picture book, MY BED: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World. 

Sept. 11 – Dec. 19, 2020, Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA.
Feb. 28 – May 30, 2021, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL
Sept. 14 – Dec. 31, 2021, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Jan 25 – April 10, 2022, International Quilt Museum, Lincoln, NE
May 3 – Sept. 11, 2022,  Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME, Bedtime Stitches will be included in the retrospective, What a Relief: The Art of Salley Mavor
Fall 2022, Historical and Cultural Center of Clay County, Moorhead, MN
Feb. 1 – Apr. 30, 2023, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, La Conner, WA
Feb. – May 2024, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
July — Dec. 2024, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY, Bedtime Stitches and Social Fabric will be displayed together.
Additional locations will be added when they are confirmed.

This is a unique opportunity for the public to see Ms. Mavor’s actual hand-stitched artwork, which is photographed for reproduction in the book. My Bed was released in Sept. 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co.

The collection of artwork takes the viewer on an international journey, showing where children sleep in varying cultures and living environments around the world. Along with the framed embroidered pieces, interpretive boards give a background peek at the artist’s process. The exhibition is sure to appeal to families, school groups, quilt and needlework enthusiasts, as well as the general public.

This show is modeled after Salley Mavor’s successful 5 year touring exhibition of original illustrations from her award-winning book POCKETFUL OF POSIES, which was hosted by 20 venues around the United States from 2010 to 2015.

The first 2 1/2 years of the Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches exhibition is booked and openings are available beginning in June 2023. Inquiries from interested museums are welcome – please contact Salley for information about hosting the exhibit.

SALLEY MAVOR: Social Fabric
April 3 – Sept. 4, 2021
Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC

This exhibition includes a variety of pieces Salley Mavor has made over the past 20 years that interpret the theme of social connectivity. The works explore cultural diversity, migration, fashion, the natural world, and a range of social narratives, from the everyday to topical subjects.

Detail from Displaced

“(Salley Mavor’s) work is breathtaking, emotional, and energizing. I have the pleasure of walking through the Mezzanine Gallery, where her exhibition is on display, every day and am inspired.” — Dana Thorpe, Director of the Upcountry History Museum

The Social Fabric exhibition includes Self Portrait: A Personal History of Fashion, which you can see set to a nostalgic soundtrack in this film.

WHAT A RELIEF: The Art of Salley Mavor
May 3 – Sept. 11, 2022
Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME
The retrospective exhibition will feature a large selection of Salley Mavor’s artwork, spanning over 40 years, from early on to the present day. Rarely seen works on loan from private collections will fill multiple galleries on the museum’s entire first floor. Original picture book illustrations, including the entire series from her most recent book, MY BED will also be shown.

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