A Retrospective of the Historical Decorative Art of Polly Forcier


Through October 31

The Society is pleased to present a retrospective of the career of Polly Forcier,  whose hand-painted and stenciled works created in the authentic early-American style include wall stencils, japanned trays, painted furniture and hand-decorated tin. Ms. Forcier is well known to owners of older houses in the Upper Valley as the local expert in wall and floor stenciling. The works displayed in this retrospective go well beyond those forms, including also replicas of many different types of hand-decorated early American objects. Polly is a member of the The Historical Society of Early American Decoration. Her business, MB Historic Decor, offers over 700 stencils and instructional DVDs.

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Workshop at the Norwich Historical Society, July 30 and 31, 9am-5pm. Polly Forcier and her daughter Vivan Bisbee, will teach workshop participants how to make a canvas floor cloth in the design and color of their choosing in a historic stencil design. These practical and beautiful floor coverings add an artful touch to any home. Come with an interest; leave with a floor cloth and the skills to make more. In the workshop you will make a floorcloth in the design and colors of your choice.

Cost: $150 for 2’ x 3’ canvas, or $200 for a 3’ x 4’ or 32″ X 52″ canvas, including all materials. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to NHS.  There is a limit of 10 per class. Please contact Polly directly to sign up: or call 802/295-8081.

The Norwich Historical Society, at 277 Main Street, is open Wednesdays and Thurs days, 10 – 4, Saturdays, 10am-Noon, and by appointment. Admission is free.