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Mary Michael Shelley

Folk Art Americana Painted Wood Carvings

Storytelling through Visual Art and Theatre

Artist in the Schools Collaborative Program
presented by
Mary Shelley and Barbara Anger

Contact Information:
Mailing address: P.O Box 725, Ithaca, NY 14851
Barbara's Phone: 607 273-2171 / Mary's Phone: 607 272-5700
fax: 607-273-2312
web site:

Description: These two artists will collaborate to bring an art show (with carving demonstration by Mary Shelley) and workshops (presented by Barbara Anger) to your school. Workshops might entail a visual arts focus, or a writing/storytelling/theatre focus, specifics to be negotiated with each school.

Workshops and art show are designed to enhance curriculum grades K-12. A Study Guide and videotape of Mary Shelley's work process are available. There is also the option of purchasing just the art show and carving demonstration. For a look at Mary's art work and resume visit

This program supports all four learning standards.

Mary Shelley - Learn how this internationally acclaimed folk artist creates her work. See her picture stories of life in upstate New York and local places (diners and farms). Her work is a pathway for students to see the unique stories in their own lives. Mary Shelley guides them through her process and helps them understand perspective, content and visual choices.

Barbara Anger uses Mary's work as a springboard. She is an experienced teaching artist, storyteller/mime, Ithaca College Acting Professor and visual artist. Her workshops guide the students in how to use experiences and places from their own lives to create stories. Through theatre and art exercises Barbara helps students develop ideas and learn techniques for storytelling.

Susan Carlin - Arts in Education Coordinator for the Empire State Partnership Project at the Primary and Intermediate Buildings at Greene Central Schools.
Donna Gately - The Discovery Center

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