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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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  • 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 Thu Mar 1, 2018
    West Austin Studio Tour at Texas Folklife Gallery - featuring The Upshaws of County Line exhibitTexas Folklife1708 Houston St  Austin, TX 78756 May 12th-13th and May 19th-20th (11am-6pm) Texas Folklife is a participant gallery in the 2018 WEST Austin Studio Tour.  Please join us for WEST, we will have drinks and snacks available throughout the tour.  Our gallery will feature...
  • Posted on Tue Feb 13, 2018
    Excerpt of a review from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, a Texas State Historical Association publication, about the book "The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family" by Richard S. Orton "In The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family, documentary photographer Richard Orton chronicles the Upshaws, an African American family of the rural East Texas community of County...
  • Posted on Tue Dec 19, 2017
      Enjoy some archival content from Texas Folklife's Apprenticeship Program:     Apprenticeship 2011 Julie and Gabriel Bata and Jean-Claude Lessou: West African dance performance Apprenticeship 2010 Kendal Chilcott and Gary Dunshee: Saddle Making and Tooling   Apprenticeship 2007 Amulya & Shanti Aradhyula and Smt. Rajeswari Pariti: Carnatic Veena performance Apprenticeship...
  • Posted on Tue Dec 19, 2017
    Saturday, April 10, 2004 Paramount Theatre, Austin Texas Folklife Resources presented a tribute to international music legend Freddy Fender as part of the 10th season of its Folk Masters Series. Called the "Mexican Elvis" in the 1950s, Freddy Fender, born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, was one of the first crossover artists; his songs and albums have been in the top 10 on both country and pop...
  • 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...

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