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What a Relief: The Art of Salley Mavor

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.

For over 40 years, Salley has (and continues to!) created 3-dimensional hand-stitched artwork that ranges from precious to poignant to provocative. In addition to stand alone pieces, her work is applied in many ways, including children’s books, editorial illustration and stop-motion animation.


Join Us!

A special Zoom chat with Salley Mavor herself! Join “An Afternoon with Salley Mavor” on Thursday, August 25 at 2pm to hear about Salley’s life work, details on her craft, and of course ask your own questions! Sign up here: HERE.


This exhibition is featured in New England Magazine’s 10 Exhibitions to Discover This Summer (Maine).

This exhibition generously sponsored by:

H.B. Provisions

“My earliest memories have to do with making things by hand and expressing myself through art. What I make today and how I do it, is a culmination of a life-long search to find ways of translating what I imagine into something real to share.”

–  Salley Mavor

Salley’s new book, MY BED: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2020. You can see blog posts showing the book’s progress hereSALLEY MAVOR: Bedtime Stitches, an exhibition of the original bas-relief artwork for the book began touring the United Sates in September 2020. 

You can see how Salley made the illustrations for her new picture book, MY BED in this 8 minute documentary.

Preview some of Salley’s work below: