Sally Caverly is an art lover,researcher and conservationist. Born in 1962, she grew up in Massachusetts andon Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Sally holds a Masters of Education, aBachelors of Arts in marketing from Simmons College and a diploma from PhillipsAcademy, Andover. After serving as Market Research Department Head at HoughtonMifflin Company, she operated an online retail store. Sally currently serves asa Director at the North and South Rivers Watershed Association.
Sally developed a love for the wildlife and the mountains ofNew Hampshire's Lakes Region early in life. Her taste in art is an extension ofthese loves. Her passion for art collecting and her interest in research wereacquired through family environment, formal education and work experience.
Sally's grandfather was a carver and painter. Her fatherdabbled in painting until her mother displayed an eye for a well-composedpainting. The youngest of five children, she was in tow in the 70's and 80'swhen her parents amassed an important collection of American impressionistpaintings and sculpture. They visited New England antique shops, galleries,auction houses and private homes. The auction paddle was sometimes passed to Sally,beginning in her teens.
In her twenties, Sally began her own collection bypurchasing a pastel of ducks by William Henry Chandler. She became a regular atart and antique haunts, often with a baby on her hip and a toddler in hand.While following the artists she grew up with, others also caught her eye.
Since 2008, Sally has added to her early foundation inclassic art forms. She has studied American decoys and other folk art.Attending and exhibiting at most of the major decoy and sporting art shows andsales, Sally has visited folk art shows and museums, as well as the homes ofprivate collectors. Specializing in East Coast carvers of decoys and decorativesongbird miniatures, Sally also has an interest in American sporting artpainters Frank Benson, John Whorf and A. L. Ripley.
When not researching or pursuing art, Sally tutors specialneeds students. She also enjoys vegetable gardening and spending time with herfamily and the dogs, cats and chickens she keeps on Hawkfield Farm. She enjoyskayaking on the North River, bird watching on the North River and on DuxburyBeach, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Sally is most proud of nurturingthree adult daughters: a geologist who is an environmental consultant, ascience teacher, and a ceramicist who is employed by the Pucker Gallery inBoston. The family tradition continues!
"There is no suchthing as teaching a person anything. You may be helped toward learning by ahint someone has given you, but anything you really learn has got to be learnedby experience."