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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

Folk Arts (Visual Arts)

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  • 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                              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...

    Benny Layton Tribute by Texas Folklife

  • 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...

    Roel Flores : A Painter

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