Folk Art of Cape Cod and the Islands

Jeanne Marie Carley

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With over 560 color photos and well-researched text, this book recounts the histories of the hard working, entrepreneurial people of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket and their role in this nation, as told through the folk art primitives the residents produced from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The art displayed includes the works of itinerant painters, domestic weavers and quilters, seminary school watercolorists, and carvers in wood, metal, and stone. Among these fascinating items are: paintings including portraits and silhouettes, landscapes and genre paintings; maritime art such as sculpture and scrimshaw; trade figures and signs; carousel art; wood carvings; weathervanes and whirligigs; religious and decorative art; textiles, including quilts and samplers; and gravestones. All of these beautiful and compelling works of art speak eloquently of the human aspirations sparked by the freedom and prosperity offered by the coasts and the bold, clear visual language that ordered these craftsmen's world.

Size: 9" x 12" | 567 color photos | 304 pp
ISBN13: 9780764345265

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Jeanne Marie Carley (neé Gendreau) is a folk art historian and writer with a background in journalism, art and genealogy. A graduate of Marquette University’s College of Journalism, with majors in journalism and English, she pursued graduate studies in fine art and literature in universities in northern California, New York, and London, England. She was graduated from the Folk Art Institute in New York and was named a Fellow of the American Folk Art Museum there. She has written about American and French-Canadian folk art for books and national magazine articles. A speaker on folk art and genealogy at museums and organizations, she has lectured at the Dublin Seminar for New England Folk Life (Boston University) in Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the New England Regional Genealogical Conference. Ms. Carley was a Town of Hingham reporter for a Massachusetts daily newspaper, a magazine writer in Rye, Westchester County, New York, and contributed cultural features to the New York Times. She was a writer and assistant editor of WINE Magazine in London, England, and public relations officer for educational institutions in Westchester County, New York. Her family history pursuits included writing for three genealogy publications, and editing two award-winning genealogical journals. Ms. Carley is a native of Minnesota with French-Canadian and Silesian ancestry, and has lived in several states and in the UK (A Deerfield Descendant, her only English ancestors were from Deerfield, Massachusetts, who were killed and captured in the 1704 French-Indian Raid). She is married to William M. Carley, a former investigative senior writer for the Wall Street Journal, and have three adult children and a bichon friseé, Cherié. They are residents of Chatham, Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida.