Artistic Expression Archive

Running Dry: A Creek Discovery

The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats. Click here to learn
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

River Valley Quilters: So Much More Than Sewing.

  This piece was originally published in the December issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Go here to see the original publication.   Quilting is often thought of as a traditional art, but anyone familiar with the craft will tell you that it’s alive and flourishing. Implementing the skills of former generations with modern tools,
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears

While doing some research on local Cherokee history this past week I was reminded of a University of Arkansas Press publication from 2005 entitled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears: The Journey of an Installation. Written by artist Pat Musick with help from Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel, the book documents the installation
Category: Arkansas

Pete Seeger 1919-2014

Our site crashed recently and we’re finally getting around to posting recent material. This Seed and the Story column originally ran in late January.  Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger passed away on January 27th at the age of 94. He is known today for his pivotal role in the folk music revival of the
Category: Community Action

Loving Place, Culture, and Identity: A Recollection of Another Folklore Conference

Contributor Nic Hartmann recently attended the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society and offers this discussion of two powerful presentations, reminding readers what it means to love the local and the importance of translating conferences addresses into everyday action.   Were you at AFS this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these talks
Category: Community Action

Living the Deliberate Life: The Larger Story Behind Billy Reeder’s Cabin

  This piece was originally published in the November 2013 issue of ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Learn more about ABOUT the River Valley magazine here.    Hand sewn from local pine and oak, Billy Reeder’s 880 square foot log cabin took four years to build. Located on the family farm in rural Perry County, the home sits
Category: Arkansas

Pure Sound: Guy Lancaster on Discovering and Making Didgeridoos

Contributor Guy Lancaster talks music, meditation, land use, and anarchy is this beautiful piece about making and playing didgeridoos.
Category: Arkansas

Monday Music: Accordion Kings and Queens LIVE!

Texas Folklife recently released Accordion Kings and Queens LIVE!, an energetic mixture of sounds both traditional and innovative. Recorded live at the annual Kings and Queens of Accordion showcase, this cd features a wide array of musical styles and showcases the talents of multiple Texas tradition bearers. Producer Sarah Rucker took the time to answer a few
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Monday Music: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia

Today’s Monday Music post comes from a 2007 Smithsonian Folkways release entitled “Music of Central Asia Vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia.” Focusing on diverse styles of women’s music throughout central Asia, the series is part of a 10 cd set and is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in
Category: Connection to Land/Place

“Deep Roots:” Poetry, Place, and the Lexington Tattoo Project.

The Lexington Tattoo Project is part living art project, part love letter, and part exploration of what it means to call a place home. A project envisioned by artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, a total of two hundred and fifty Lexington residents have chosen to have the words of poet Bianca Spriggs tattooed on their bodies. All
Category: Art