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Mary Michael Shelley

Folk Art Americana Painted Wood Carvings

One of a kind and original artwork.


HANGING WORK: Most of my mid-sized work weighs between 4-10 pounds. If you are hangng the piece on a sheetrock wall and not directly into a stud, I generally recommend using a sheetrock anchor with screw. All of my artwork is sold with a hanging wire on the back. The smaller “icon” pieces can sit on shelf or mantle or hang on the wall. In my own house I hang the wall mounted pictures so that the middle of the picture is about at eye level. There are no framing costs to you, as all of my work comes with a frame either carved into the piece or affixed.

CLEANING: Use a soft lightly wetted cloth to wipe off accumulated dust. Don’t use waxes or other cleaing agents, as it is unpredictable how these might affect the painted surface of my work. Because the top frame of most of my work has an overhang, most dust seems to settle on the frame rather than the carved details. Be very careful of vacuuming as some vacume hoses leave behind a residue from the hose itself. I use a soft horsehair dust brush if I want to clean off the carved details of the work.

INSURING: If you wish to insure the work, you can get in touch with me to see what replacement value would be.

CHOOSING A GIFT: If you want to choose a gift for someone and you don’t know what they’d like, go to my website portfolio page and browse around with them at your side. See what they like without telling them you’d like to get them one. Or if you’ve been by booth at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, I often note what people like and try to keep a record of this, so you could ask me. If you get someone a piece, you can trade it back for a piece of similar or greater value. For instance if you get someone a sailing piece and they say “oh I love this one but I wish you’d bought me that barn piece”, then that is certainly something we can exchange. Lots of people, when buying a gift, also involve the giftee in the making of the decision. The excitement of making the decision together can be a part of the gift itself.

COPYRIGHT QUESTIONS: All rights to use images of my work belong to me, the artist. If you want to use an image of my work for some purpose, please ask me first. I’m usually pretty accommodating.

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