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 Tue Aug 23, 2016
Emigrating from the region of Lusatia in what is now Northeast Germany, the Wendish people first arrived to Texas by way of Galveston in the middle of the 19th century. The Texas Wendish people still maintain a constant presence in Giddings, through Texas Wendish Heritage. Established in 1972, the mission of the society is "to preserve and tell the story of the Wends who came to Texas." Part of...
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
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...
Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2009
Weslaco, Texas native Roel Flores saw his first cotton field – and began picking what he initially thought was cotton candy – at age 6. The first-generation American son of Mexican immigrants was 15 when he became a full-time migrant worker and began playing bajo-sexto with a conjunto band on weekends. He began conveying his experiences via canvas only 12 years ago, filling his paintings with...