News Release 124

Folk artists featured Tuesdays in April at State Capitol

Volume 38-124 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MARCH 17, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Missouri Folk Arts Program to sponsor “Tuesdays at the Capitol” for the 23rd year.  The annual event brings Missouri’s finest traditional artists to the Missouri State Museum for live, hands-on demonstrations. On two Tuesdays this April, demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Missouri State Museum on the first floor of the State Capitol in Jefferson City.

On April 13, Irene Livingston of Columbia and her apprentice, Diana Lehman of Jefferson City, will demonstrate and display the art of rug “twining.” Twining is a traditional method of rug weaving using a large frame loom. Like quilting and rug braiding, twining is a tradition that recycles old fabric scraps into functional and beautiful objects. Livingston, a retired school teacher, learned to twine rugs from an extended family member as a teenager in Verona, Mo.

On April 20, fourth-generation Ozark dulcimer maker and old-time musician Don Graves, along with apprentices Brili Graves and Ryan L. White, all of Lebanon, will share songs, tunes and family stories about the “walking cane” dulcimer, an older version of the instrument strummed with a turkey quill. For more than 50 years, Graves and his sisters performed old-time ballads and gospel tunes at their father's side until his death. Graves and his apprentices continue the family tradition for another generation.

The artists who demonstrate during these programs are current participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, a 25-year-old project that pairs master traditional artists with talented apprentices to pass artistic and cultural traditions on to the next generation.

The Missouri Folk Arts Program and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program are funded by the Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. MFAP, administered by the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, was established in 1984 and builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, conserving and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folk life in collaboration with Missouri’s citizens.

The Missouri State Museum is located on the first floor of the Capitol building at 201 West Capitol Avenue. The museum is open to the public free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.  For more information, contact the Missouri State Museum office at 573-751-2854 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at