American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected, the Worcester Art Museum’s latest exhibition, uses the collection of Barbara and Dave Krashes to explore folk art traditions of mid-19th-century New England. The Krashes’s collection includes furniture, sculpture, and portraits made by itinerant and local artists and furniture makers.

The exhibition catalogue features an introduction by Dave Krashes and essays by Elizabeth Stillinger and Paul S. D’Ambrosio that look at the history of folk art and its collectors in New England. Each artwork in the catalogue is accompanied by an entry with information on the artists and their subjects, providing further insight into folk art practices of the age.

The 80-page catalogue was designed by John Hubbard and produced by Marquand Books. The paperback book features large French flaps and 65 color images. Copies are available through the museum’s shop.

American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected opens July 15 and runs through November 29.



Photography by Jeremy Linden