Anna Mary Robertson Moses began painting at the age of 76 after her arthritic hands could no longer hold on to an embroidery needle. She began by selling her paintings at the local drug storein Hoosick Falls, NY for $3.00. Then one day, a New York art collector, Louis J. Caldor, drove through town and saw her folk art on display. He immediately purchased all the paintings at the drug store and then proceeded to her home to purchase more.
Many items that once belonged to Grandma Moses are on display at the Bennington School House Museum where they have moved Anna Moses's original childhood, one room, school house. On display are some of her art supplies, her childhood porcelain tea set, a favorite doll, a hand painted table top and several of her folk art paintings.
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