Honors and accolades:

  • Created a tree topper nutcracker for the White House in 1996

  • Named the Best American Craftsman several times by Early American Life magazine

  • Licensed with the Folk Art Museum in New York City to produce nutcrackers, ornaments, table toppers from images of antiques for their collection

  • Featured in magazines such as Country Home, Country Living, Early American Life, Coastal Living, Home, Collector Editions, Figurines, Colonial Homes, and more.

  • Letter from Michael Eisner from Walt Disney Company recognizing my work creating Disney characters

  • Featured carver for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and my work is also sold t here

  • Featured multiple times in the Virginian Pilot newspaper

About Mary Myers Folk Art:

I have always loved wood. Growing up in Virginia where my father built houses, I would often accompany him to the lumberyards where I would invariably bring home blocks of wood. In 1989, I wanted a nutcracker but could not find one I liked so I sketched a design and then had my husband turn the basic shape on his lathe. I carved the nutcracker and painted it with muted colors to install an antique finish. I showed it to a buyer from New York City’s American Folk Art Museum. Before I knew it, I had an order for two dozen soldier nutcrackers. My career as an artist began!

A day in the life of Mary Myers in would be “crazy to most.” I like to wear all of the hats in my thriving business because getting help would change my look. I do the carving, painting, bookkeeping, catalog mailing, nutcracker packing, supply buying, and still manage the normal household duties.

I hope that my work will make people smile and find their child-like feelings from days gone by. My artistic philosophy is to be yourself . Do not let anyone say that you cannot do something. If you think you can, you will!

In my opinion, making a living from designing and carving nutcrackers from my imagination is my greatest accomplishment. After all, you do not have to grow up or should I say give up your childhood dreams.

– Mary Myers