Folk Art

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

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.

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