Laurene Krasny Brown was born and raised in New York. After earning degrees from Cornell University, Columbia University, and Harvard University, Brown embarked on a career in education, research, and child cognitive development. She is the author of seventeen books for young children, including titles dealing with well-being and friendship. For the past twenty years, she has focused on creating art. As a self-taught artist, Brown has exhibited in galleries in New York, Boston, and Martha’s Vineyard, where she spends her summers with her husband, Marc. She has been a guest artist working and exhibiting in Amherst, Virginia, Paros, Greece, Auvillar and Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and most recently at the American Academy in Rome. She exhibited in 2020 with JVS Project Space at Art on Paper, and her first solo exhibition was at Fenimore Art Museum in 2021.
Olde Hope Antiques was established on July 4, 1976 in New Hope, Pennsylvania by Edwin Hild and Patrick Bell. Both were in their early twenties and inspired by the 1974 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art called “The Flowering of American Folk Art”. They were exhibitors at the Winter Show at Park Avenue Amory for twenty-three years before opening a second gallery on the Upper East Side in 2019. Olde Hope is recognized as one of the leading sources of exceptional examples of arts American folk and decorative, including painted furniture, weather vanes, textiles, fraktur and portraits.