Folk Art

Ignazio Altieri & Sicilian Ceramics Tell the Story of the History of Sicily

In this in-depth interview, meet Ignazio Altieri, co-owner and artistic director of Maison Altieri, purveyor of fine Sicilian ceramics in the magical mountaintop town of Erice. I know you'll enjoy Ignazio's insights on not only Sicilian ceramics, but also on the history of Sicily, the Stile Liberty movement, and how Sicilian ceramics memorialize Sicilian traditions like Carretto Siciliano and Tonnarotti.

Ignazio Altieri & Sicilian Ceramics Tell the Story of the History of Sicily

Interview with Bill LeVasseur, Founder of Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum

Bill LeVasseur is founder & curator of Another Face of Mexico folk art gallery and mask museum in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Bill has been collecting Mexican ceremonial masks since 1997, and still travels extensively to see and film dance ceremonies and acquire masks. His mask-collecting hobby has now become an avocation to document and share the indigenous ceremonial customs with mask museum visitors, college audiences and Mexican school children. The museum opened to the public in February of 2006.

Interview with Bill LeVasseur, Founder of Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Welcome to Salvation Mountain, where we met Leonard Knight, a Vermont native who moved to California to spread his love of Jesus through art. His Christian cartoon spreads over multiple acres of dunes and keeps on growing. Discover how Knight came to know God, what drove him to create Salvation Mountain, and how he fought for his missionary mountain against all the public backlash.

Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight's Monumental Labor of Love

Cyprus: Iconographers Father Kallinkos & Myrianthi Constantinidou

Experience the Orthodox Christian heritage of Cyprus through two of its eminent Iconographers: Father Kallinkos, a 90-year old monk considered an icon in some quarters, and Myrianthi Constantinidou, a young mother who also practices iconography. Learn about the rich history of Cyprus Iconography and the significance behind the paintings. Get insight on the conventions of the Byzantine Macedonian school of icon painting, the unique techniques of these two artists, and a glimpse into why they were ‘called’ to this vocation.

Cyprus: Iconographers Father Kallinkos & Myrianthi Constantinidou

Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

Meet Johan Knutsson, the curator of the Swedish folk art exhibition at the Nordic Museum. The display highlights the importance of the rural craftsmen in Swedish folklore and shows viewers the inspiration that these art works have on today's society. 'Kurbits' are a whimsical stylized flower motif distinctive to Swedish folk art and a prized skill today! Discover the importance of the human shape within the art and find out why the exhibition pieces are so heavily influenced by religious motifs.

Johan Knutsson, Swedish folk art exhibition at Stockholm’s Nordic Museum

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

Explore the Puerto Rico santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Ponce & Pedro Rinaldi

Discover Puerto Rico second city - Ponce. If looking for things to do in Ponce why not delve into Puerto Rico’s Santos tradition: a fascinating craft that has withstood the generations of time.

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Ponce & Pedro Rinaldi

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: the Orta Family, a Santos Dynasty

Have you heard about the Puerto Rico Folk Art Tradition of Santos? In island’s second-largest city of Ponce, meet Orta family, a santos dynasty. Discover the Puerto Rican affinity for the

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: the Orta Family, a Santos Dynasty

Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery Illuminates Manuscript Tradition

A visit to Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery is a must! Walk the hallowed halls where more than 70 illuminated manuscripts were created by monk scribes between 1175 - 1181. Channel your inner scribe by having a go at calligraphy! Admire the cloisters, beautifully painter by John of Ljubljana. Sticna Monastery resonates with a legacy of rich traditions.

Slovenia’s Sticna Monastery Illuminates Manuscript Tradition

Decorative Folk Art Painting: Discovering the Norwegian Rosemaling Tradition with Torunn Rød Farsund

Norwegian Rosemaling is a distinctive and beautiful folk-art style that dates back to the 16th century in Norway. Meet Torunn Rød Farsund of Os in Western Norway who honors her family's heritage and also uses her own sense of style to carry on this decorative art of floral designs. Learn more about Norwegian culture with BCD.

Decorative Folk Art Painting: Discovering the Norwegian Rosemaling Tradition with Torunn Rød Farsund

Art in Cyprus: Inside the Painting Studio of Myrianthi Constantinidou

In search of art in Cyprus we found the studio of Myranthi Constantinidou, a beautiful painter in Limassol, specialising in the art of iconography - and of feeling through art

Art in Cyprus: Inside the Painting Studio of Myrianthi Constantinidou

Things To Do in Bergen? Experience Norwegian Culture & Hordaland "Bunad" or Folk Costume

Planning a trip to Norway & researching things to do in Bergen? If you are curious about Norwegian culture, be sure to visit the open air Horda Museum 13 kilometers outside the city center and well worth the short trip. The Museum has 30 buildings, rich archaeological finds, a collection of 26 boats--and the opportunity to learn first-hand about "bunad," or Norwegian traditional dress. of Hordaland.

Things To Do in Bergen? Experience Norwegian Culture & Hordaland "Bunad" or Folk Costume