Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches opens at Cahoon Museum on September 11, 2020

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  • August 31, 2020

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Salley Mavor, Netherlands from My Bed, mixed media, 2020


The Cahoon Museum of American Art announces Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches, an exhibition of 18 new sculptural embroidery artworks by award-winning artist Salley Mavor. The artwork illustrates the children’s book, My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this September.  The show kicks off a two year nationwide tour and will be on view at the Cahoon Museum from September 11 – December 22, 2020.

Along with the illustrations, additional artworks by Ms. Mavor will be on view, including two fairy houses, many of her “felt wee folk,” her well-known Polly Doll, as well as composition books and objects from her home studio. Also included is a doll house the artist built in 1975 while in college and which she has spent the past months renovating and redecorating. These additional artworks will only be on view at the Cahoon Museum show.

As an illustration major at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970’s, Ms. Mavor left traditional mediums behind, preferring to communicate her ideas through sculptural needlework. Ms. Mavor has spent four decades developing her signature style and working methods, carving out her own niche within the children’s book world and the fiber art community. Her creative expression ranges from three-dimensional sculptural illustrations for children’s books to satirical political commentary in the form of stop-motion animated videos.

Ms. Mavor has illustrated eleven picture books, including Pocketful of Posies, which won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the 2011 Golden Kite Award. Her popular how-to book, Felt Wee Folk is in its 2nd edition, inspiring creativity in all ages. My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World is her most recent publication. Ms. Mavor lives and works in her home studio in Falmouth, Massachusetts. 

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4676 Falmouth Road
Cotuit, Massachusetts
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The Cahoon Museum of American Art presents historical and contemporary art exhibitions in the landmark Crocker House in Cotuit, MA. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about art and art history, to enjoy fun, family friendly events, to delight in creative programming, and to embrace the enduring story of the important folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The Museum is committed to its mission to celebrate American art in ways that expand knowledge, enrich the spirit, and engage the heart.

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