Meet the Artist

"Missionary Mary"

MARY L. PROCTOR, the artist when she was younger
After working in the nursing field for ten years, Mary Proctor opened Tender Loving Care Day Care Center and was the proprietor for five years. In search of "something easier", Proctor began collecting items from the roadside to sell at the local flea market. Eventually, she opened her own store, Noah's Ark Daily Flea Market.
Collecting remains her hobby.
Soon after, Proctor began her visionary art museum as a part of her roadside junk shop. In 2011, Proctor opened her American folk art museum and gallery in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2017, Mary’s Visions Folk Art Museum and Gallery, Inc. was officially recognized as a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
Since its inception, Mary’s Visions has made great strides to increase awareness and importance of the arts through its workshops and seminars that focus on using art to heal - learning to ease and cope with pain, to move forward through the creation of art.
Mary Proctor has won numerous awards and received many special recognitions for her unique artwork over the years. Some of those recognitions include but are not limited to her artwork being displayed in the following museums:
  • Smithsonian Museum
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • St. Petersburg Fine Art Museum
  • The Metropolitan Museum