Shows & Events

This is a list of talks, exhibits, show openings and book signings on Salley Mavor’s schedule.



Wonderland Ex- Press

Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor
New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA
Sept. 26 – Dec. 30, 2018.
Artist Talk – “Sweet to Satirical”, Sat., Nov. 17 at 1:00 PM
This exhibition was recently cancelled due to its political content at another venue, which proves its ability to conjure emotions and spark discussion about art and its place in today’s society.
UPDATE: This exhibit will be at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, March 2 -April 20, 2019. Artist Talk – “Sweet to Satirical”, Sat., April 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Statement from the Artist:
Almost immediately after the 2016 election, I started imagining ironic scenarios with new dolls that resembled famous political figures. Creating the characters and “playing doll house” was a cathartic experience where I felt in control, even as chaos ensued nationally. The works in this exhibit include a selection of photographs from the WEE FOLK PLAYERS series from 2017.  There is also a 14 minute stop-motion animated film, Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free.

NEQMdisplaycaseOriginal dolls and props from both the Wee Folk Players series and the film are on display as well.

cropped-headerselfportrait.jpgNEW ADDITIONS – the museum has expanded the original exhibit to include a gallery full of sculptural embroideries that represent the mid-period of Salley Mavor’s career, when the bulk of her work reflected a bucolic and comforting existence. This collection from “the innocent years” serves as a contrast to her most recent foray into political satire, which is on display in an adjacent room.

The exhibit occupies 2 galleries and a hallway in between and includes the following:


The Nature of a Stitch
Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
August 28 – December 7th, 2018

The exhibit will feature the work of 40 quilt and fiber artists, including Salley Mavor’s 3-dimensional embroidered piece, Birds of Beebe Woods.


TWISTED, TWINED, AND WOVEN: Contemporary Fiber Art
Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
November 2 – December 22, 2018
Opening Reception, Friday, November 2, 4:30-6:00 pm

Fiber and textile artists find unexpected new ways to work with traditional materials on the theme of interconnections and things we have in common across cultures. The exhibit will include 4 of Salley Mavor’s bas-relief embroidered pieces.

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21 thoughts on “Shows & Events

  1. My sister and I enjoyed your visit ,talk about your art work, film of your life and your books, @ the congregational church in Falmouth. Thanks, Joan Haggerty Mashpee m.a.

  2. Thank you for sharing your exquisite fabric relief art with the rest of us. A friend and I recently enjoyed your show at the Mahopac Library. Your books are lovely, but seeing the level of detail in your work in person was truly amazing!

  3. My daughter just saw your book in michaels and we bought materials to make the kids projects. I am a contemporary art lover and now a wee fairy lover as well. Very cool and unique style. We will be attending Boston show!

  4. Do you think you would ever make it to Northern California on tour????? I have been a lover and admirer of your works for years since I purchased your book Felt Wee Folk, I couldn’t sleep all night, just looking through it and dreaming on. I make bears out of recycled wool coats and sweaters, have been doing it for years, now it is the vogue with younger women which has been wonderful to see. Also, make dolls and fairies and dream of having an Etsy site one day. I would love it if you were ever around these parts, I live in the Sierra Foothills about an hour north east of Sacramento, CA Thank you for sharing all your beautiful and magical creations, Jeanette Paganetti

    • Jeanette,
      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement to show my work in northern California. Perhaps an invitation will come my way in the future. For now, I am concentrating on creating new pieces and entering them in group shows. So, one of my originals is coming to northern California! I’ve just heard that my piece, “Birds of Beebe Woods” was accepted into INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART VI, Oct. 24 – Nov. 30, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. I hope that you have a chance to go see the show.

  5. Salley, I volunteer at the New England Quilt Museum and saw your wonderful exhibit there for the first time today. I’d like to write a blog for Piecing Together a Life and then offer it to the Museum to post. I want to be sure it’s ok with you to use pictures of your books and wall-mounted scenes at the Museum in Lowell. Many thanks. Judy Buswick

  6. Hi Salley-I took your banner class at highfield hall and wondered if you had considered teaching another one there? I love your work and enjoyed making my harvest banner.

    • Jennifer,
      The banner workshop was fun and I’m glad that you came! Thank you for asking, but I will probably not be giving more workshops in the future. My work is luring me into the studio more these days and I find that I don’t have the time or energy to teach classes.

  7. Hello Salley,

    I love your work and I will attempt to make a “quilt” for hanging using the picture on the cover of Felt Wee Folk, and adding other panels around the picture for my new baby grandson to be. I’m having trouble finding fleece for the hair in natural colors. I looked on the websites you provided but don’t see the type you used in your dolls.
    Thanks so much,
    Joanna Reinking

    • Your project sounds impressive! With the popularity of needle felting, there are lots of places to buy wool fleece on the web. Search for wool roving, wool fleece or needle felting.

    • Thank you Anne. So far, I haven’t been invited to exhibit in Michigan. I will be entering a juried exhibit in Muskegon, so there’s a chance there will an original there next year. Just keep checking this page for show listings.

  8. Hello Salley, WOW your work is amazing, truly inspiring. Do you think you would ever consider coming to New Zealand?

    • Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and interest in my work. New Zealand is on my bucket list, so perhaps a trip is in the future. I don’t teach, but if you have connections with a group that could host a talk and book signing, please let me know.

  9. Hi- I won’t be able to make your talk on Thursday in SC. Will it be video recorded ? Won’t be the same but would still be something. The title, Once Upon a Thread sounds so wonderful, I’m hating missing it.

  10. Your site is wonderful and beautiful. Please add me to your email lists/updates. I live in Washington state; do you ever come to this part of the country?

  11. I am so disappointed that the Liberty and Justice short is sold out! Will you be showing it anywhere else in the future?

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