FOLK ART is the art of the everyday.
It is rooted in the traditions of culture and community. It may reflect and borrow the traditional art forms of any the community’s diverse groups — whether ethnic, occupational, geographical or gender-based. And while rooted in those traditions, it fosters connections between art and people with a creative spirit that reaches out to all cultures.
Folk art uses a broad range of utilitarian and decorative media — textiles and fiber, wood, metal, clay, paper — whatever is at hand. If traditional materials are not available, an artist may use other materials that result in new and contemporary expressions of those traditional folk art forms.
Folk art may be as finely made, as beautiful, as it is useful. The maker understands that just because an object is to be used regularly, it need not be ugly or shoddily made. Its beauty and craftsmanship helps the user appreciate its value — and the value of the task for which it is crafted. It is said that the energy and care that goes into the making of the object flows through the object onto the task for which it was made and guides the user, for the maker understands its history, purpose and use, and thus is a participant in the task or use itself.
FOLK ARTISTS express their creative skills using their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than just a personal vision. They traditionally learn skills and techniques through apprenticeships in informal community settings, but they may also be formally educated.
FOLK MASTER ARTISTS demonstrate superior levels of craftsmanship and creativity, often introducing new materials and innovations that express both traditional and contemporary imagery and values. In this way, traditional folk art forms evolve as dynamic living traditions.
A FOLK FESTIVAL celebrates the folk traditions of the culture — arts, music, stories, food, dance, activities. It is a sharing of our traditions. It is who we are, tempered by where we come from, where we live and what we do.
Welcome to the real Wyoming!