World Visionaries • Spiritual Practices
Folk art expresses cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics, and often reflect ethnic, tribal, or religious beliefs. Folk art encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more. From Sweden’s Dala Horse to Puerto Rico’s vejigantes and Slovenia’s beehive panels, the stories behind the world’s folk art traditions are as unique as the individual artists who create these works.
Are you a folk art aficionado? Then you'll love Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition! Read on to experience Three of its Iconic Images: Saint Ursula & 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola. Delve into the mindset of collectors through visits to Museo de los Santos, the Museum of the Americas & Galeria Botello. This article also offers an armchair tour of some of Old San Juan’s scenic attractions.
Discover Puerto Rico’s santos folk art tradition in Ponce, the island’s second-largest city. Meet artisan Pedro Rinaldi & curator of Museo de Arte de Ponce, the largest art museum in the Caribbean.
Have you heard about Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition? In island’s second-largest city of Ponce, meet Orta family, a santos dynasty. Discover the Puerto Rican affinity for the Virgin of Montserrat, and get a collector’s perspective on santos from Gainesville, Florida-based aficionado Hector Puig.
Vida and Joze Koželj’s 200-year family heritage of beekeeping inspired them to set up a museum in their home town of Smarje Sap displaying a brand folk art unique to Slovenia. The honeybee is revered in Slovenia and since the 18th century, painting the wooden boxes used to house the bees has been a cultural tradition, preserving & sharing local folk tales & spiritual beliefs. Let BCD show you these fabulous pieces of folk art, along with commentary from the Koželjs on the paintings’ history & symbolism.
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.
Explore Puerto Rican 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 of this American folk art.
Admire folk art? Appreciate tradition-bearers? Discover Rosemaling, a distinctive and beautiful folk-art style that dates back to the 16th century in Norway in the 16th century. In informative Q & A, meet 6th-generation rosemaler Torunn Rød Farsund of Os in Western Norway who honors her family's heritage & also uses her own sense of style to carry on this decorative art of floral designs.
Vejigantes are a beloved tradition: vividly-painted and fierce-looking masks, with roots in the celebrations of Ponce’s Carnival and Loiza’s Santiago Apóstol Fiesta. Meet three of the island’s best-known mask-makers, and learn about their techniques and the history of the folk art. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Puerto Rico through the eyes of its locals.
How does folk art embody a culture's history and identity? Scandinavia's Dala Horse offers some insight into how a mode of survival becomes a beloved symbol of a country's ideals and values. Since the Stone-Age, horses have been high valued possessions in Scandinavia and were the difference between life or death throughout the region's roadless plains. Take a ride with BCD through the history of the Dala Horse & meet the artisans keeping this beloved custom alive!