1918 - 1993
Mary Maletskos was born in Oak Park, Illinois to Joseph and Ethel Magna. She studied art during the summers at the Art Students League in New York and with Kimon Nicolaides at his studio in Lyme, Connecticut. She attended Smith College and spent her junior year in Italy where she studied at the University of Perugia, the University of Florence and the Academie de Belle Arte. After graduating from Smith in 1940, she enrolled in the Hartford Art School and graduated in 1942. She first came to Cape Ann in 1945 to visit fellow Smith College alumna and Folly Cove Designer Lee Kingman Natti. During one of her visits, Maletskos met Virginia and George Demetrios' nephew Constantine Maletskos. Constantine and Mary were married in 1947 and had three children, John in 1948, George in 1951 and Ethel in 1957. Maletskos joined the Folly Cove Designers in 1947 and worked with the group until they disbanded. She also continued to draw and paint and took drawing lessons from George Demetrios.