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Texas Folklife

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Folk Arts (Visual Arts)

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  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
    Paños or pañuelos - Spanish for “cloths” or “handkerchiefs” - are a popular form of Chicano prison art with handkerchiefs and occasionally pillow cases or bedsheets used as the canvas for imaginative drawings of the artist’s lifestyles before prison. Aztec figures, Disney characters, women, and the ever-popular Virgen de Guadalupe are popular subjects of drawings with ballpoint pens often...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
    Texas Folklife's newest exhibit will feature cut paper art by artist and musician Bradley Jaye Williams. Williams creates cutpaper designs that draw inspiration from many paper cutting traditions around the world. Traditional imagery of birds, roosters, hens, trees of life, stars, flowers and beehives are mized with folk musicians, accordions, bajo sextos, and fiddles. "The inspiration for my...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
    Exhibit reception and holiday party will be held on December 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM, at the Texas Folklife Gallery located at 1317 S. Congress Street in Austin (back entrance on Circle Street, between the Continental Club and Botticelli's Restaurant.) Live music provided by members of The Fabulous Polkasonics. At the front of our building in Ten Thousand Villages, we'll be hosting a Shopping Night. A...
  • Posted on Sun Jan 1, 2012
    Changing Places: Ranch Gates of the Southwest by Douglas Manger“The West is everything we want it to be: it is our potential for love and success, it is possibility and imagination. And the fence that defines the boundaries contains us, keeps us from getting lost in all of that possibility, saves us from straying too far from ourselves. I drive through the open gate, into the landscape within.”...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
    TEXAS ZYDECOPhotographs by James FraherThat portion of the I-10 interstate highway that connects the southeast Texas cities of Houston and Beaumont to the southwest Louisiana cities of Lake Charles and Lafayette might well be proclaimed the zydeco corridor of the world. Extending almost equal distances on both sides of the Sabine River, this is a heavily traveled section of road familiar to...
  • Posted on Sat Aug 7, 2010
    Texas Folklife, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) are working with landscape designer and author Jill Nokes on a new exhibition Yard Show which will open in San Angelo in September 2009 and then tour Texas venues in 2010. Nokes’ recent book, Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home (2007, UT Press) has inspired this exhibit. The book features people who have...
  • Posted on Thu Aug 12, 1999
    Texas Folklife's program 1999 "Quilts of Color: Three Generations of Quilters" featured exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops about the tradition of quilting among sisters Katie Mae Tatum, Gladys Henry and Henry's daughter Lavene Brackens and granddaughter Sherry Byrd.  This family of quilters has been based out of Fairfield, Texas for the last five generations, since the end...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    By Julie Ardery   “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”  But what if it plays the bajo quinto (the big acoustic guitar of conjunto music), has a Welsh last name, sings in a Cajun band, and hails from Saginaw, Michigan? In that case, it’s Bradley Jaye Williams. One of the most versatile musicians in Austin, Williams over the...
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
       WHERE:             Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages) WHEN:                March 9 to March 16                              Opening...
  • Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2009
    By Linda Ho Peché   "When you go through a cotton field, when you drive past, stop and go sit at la cabecera, the beginning of the row, and just listen. You're gonna hear the laughing, you're gonna hear the singing, but you're also gonna hear, the crying. Y eso voy a decir." Roel Flores   In 2007, Texas Folklife partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts for a...

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