Ozark Folkways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, development, instruction, and celebration of regional arts and crafts.

Hours of Operation

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm • Sunday: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm (Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

How to Reach Us

Address:  22733 N Highway 71, Winslow, Arkansas • Phone: 479-634-3791 • Email: info@ozarkfolkways.org
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South x Southeast Art Studio Tour

South x Southeast Studio Tour

Saturday, March 30, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, March 31, 12noon – 4pm

Take a scenic drive through the Boston Mountains and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of art, food, and music, along with artist demonstrations at Ozark Folkways, Terra Studios, Buell Pottery (with Denice Nicholson & Cindy Arsaga), Bogglewomp Studio, and Griffith Pottery Works and be eligible to win a prize art package!

Both Days at Ozark Folkways:

  • Makers Market featuring local artists
  • Wild Streak native plant sale
  • Olive Loom sewing demo

Saturday, March 30, at Ozark Folkways:

  • Wool & Wheel Hand Spinners Guild demo, 10am – 2pm
  • Raku firing workshop, 1pm – 4pm
  • Amy & Dave Leisure clay demo, 1pm – 5pm
  • Jody Wheeler weaving demo

Sunday, March 31, at Ozark Folkways:

  • John Collier wood spoon carving demo, 12noon – 4pm
  • Lace Guild demo, 1pm – 4pm
  • Janet Cross clay throwing demo, 1pm – 4pm
  • Rodney Johnson slab work clay demo, 1pm – 4pm

Check out the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/520256598382426/

Fire on the Mountain

Saturday, March 30 , 1 – 4pm

Join us for an afternoon of art and magic on the mountain with Gailen Hudson from The Clay Bank in Springdale.

Gailen will demonstrate the ancient art of raku pottery firing and other specialized ceramic firing techniques. Participants will glaze and fire their own pieces and are encouraged to bring their own bisqued pieces (high-fire clay only, unglazed). No pieces of your own? Not a potter? Not a problem! We will have pieces available for purchase for you to glaze and fire and you will bring home a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Accomplished ceramic artist with an interest in learning new techniques? Amateur or student potter of just an interest in pottery and wanting to learn more? This class is for you!

Everyone is encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage and enjoy the autumn splendor of the scenic Boston Mountains.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $25 and includes instruction, glazes and firing. Class size limited to 20. Ages 18 and older, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Beginner’s Guide to Soap Making

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Saturday, April 6, 9am-noon

Join Northwest Arkansas artist Amy Leisure and earn the basics of making old fashioned lye soap just like your grandma used to make!

With over 23 years of experience creating hand crafted, boutique quality soaps, Amy will show us how to make soap using readily available and affordable materials and ingredients. Class participants will learn the basics of saponification and how to easily and safely combine ingredients found in your own home kitchen. From there we will add botanicals, herbs and fragrances to make each batch your own special creation!

Amy puts the fun into foam and takes the fear out making your own soap. You too can become a soap maker!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $25 and includes all instruction and materials. Class size limited to 10. Adults only please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

The Essential Native Ozark Bees

Saturday, April 6, 10am-Noon

Join us for an informative and entertaining presentation by University of Arkansas Professor of Entomology Don Steinkraus. In this two hour workshop you will learn why bees are important for maintaining a healty environment and economy but also what you can do to help attract and create habitat for native Ozark bees in your own back yard.

Don Steinkraus has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and has been a professor at the University of Arkansas for 30 years. Fascinated by insects since he was five years old, Don has a small farm in West Fork where he attempts to remove invasive plants and replace them with native flowers, shrubs, and trees. He loves all arthropods except ticks, chiggers, and red wasps.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Utsav! Indian Festival Food

An Evening with Anjana Mukhopadhyaya
Saturday, April 6, 5-8pm

Join us in the Community Kitchen for a delicious evening with Kolkata (“Calcutta”) native Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya. Just in time for the Bengali New Year, Chef Anjana will guide us in the preparation of such authentic Indian specialties as Aloo Puri with Potato Curry, Basanti Pulav (a fragrant basmati rice dish with whole spices, cashews and golden raisins), Chickpea Curry from the state of Punjab, Railway Chicken Curry marinated in yogurt and aromatic spices, and Mishti Doi, a rich and decadent yogurt dessert.

Recipe booklets will be provided to each participant. This class is recommended for beginners, culinary pros and anyone with an appetite for good food and adventure!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $50 and includes all instruction, materials, and recipes. Class size limited to 24. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Shannon Wurst In Concert

Saturday, April 6th, 6:30pm

Born in the Ozark hills, Shannon can keen out a soulful, old-time ballad just as well as she wails on a rockabilly anthem in full-throated force and strum.

Blending classic country with traditional bluegrass, her musical arrangements effortlessly push her style into new territory and have landed her national attention. The timeless, roots-based songs from her latest album Sugar and Kerosene (released in Spring 2018) have a yearning tension that she delivers with sweet smile.

Admission is free, but a $10 donation supports Shannon and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

“In God’s Pocket”: The History of Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine

Brown Bag Lunch Presentation
Wednesday, April 10, 11:30am-1:00pm

Presented by Juana Young and MaryAnn Kahmann

The remarkable story of the only Catholic shrine in Arkansas.

To tell the Shrine’s story, local authors Mary Ann Kahmann and Juana Young draw upon the memories and attics of area residents as well as historic photos, documents, and artifacts recovered and discovered from parish and diocesan archives. Their presentation includes an overview of the history of the Shrine and the adventures they had in tracking down the bits and pieces that make up the Shrine’s story. After the presentation guests will be able to take a guided tour of the shrine.

Free and open to the public.

Guests are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Two)

Dialogue (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

Dialogue — speech as spoken naturally between characters, in well-written form — makes narrative leap off the page. Done well, dialogue is lively and fun to read. Done well, it engages readers. Done well, dialogue also reveals character, and relationships between characters, as little else can. Done well, it moves plot forward smoothly and inevitably.

Done poorly, or not done at all, fiction and memoir, and many forms of non-fiction, lie flat and dull.

If you want to do dialogue and do it well, join this class. You’ll learn to listen to speech more effectively, and when, how, and where to use it in writing. You’ll discover how to create written speech that is unstilted and real, yet still achieves action and serves your story. Whether you’re an experienced writer and just starting out, you will hone and brighten your skills in writing revelatory, engaging, energized talk on the page. Your readers will thank you.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Three)

The Truth about “Show, Don’t Tell” (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 4, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

It’s advice almost every writer has heard: “Show, don’t tell.” But what does it actually mean? And is it actually sound advice? If “showing” is so good, why is it so difficult? If “telling” is so bad, why do so many of us do it?

Get clear once and for all on the difference between a show and a tell. Learn to stop telling — even in exposition and transitions, two common places where writers of both novels and memoir bog down. Best of all, you’ll explore and discover how to show using your unique material, in the voice that belongs only to you.

A Process of Writing class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Fun and Easy Paper Making

Saturday, May 18 , 10am-2pm

Presented by Michele Clark

Learn how to make paper the easy and fun way–with scrap paper and junk mail! In this class Michele will teach us how to make paper, experiment with additives such as found objects and botanicals in  paper, and how to make cards, art or beautiful objects with your  paper.

Michele Clark is an artisan, writer, poet and speaker who lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She specializes in making paper, making art from that paper, and creating art and accessories from natural items such as bark, acorns, leaves, rocks, etc. She also makes quilted works, and does tie-dye and eco-printing on fabric. She has been an arts administrator at numerous art centers and universities during her career and is now the volunteer director of Tahlequah Creates, a new gallery, gift market and creative classroom in downtown Tahlequah.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

All equipment provided, but bring any of the following: old office paper, scrap colored paper, (no glossy magazines or envelopes) wildflower seeds, flowers and/or petals, leaves and several old towels. (You do not have to bring all of this–just what you have.

Cost is $45 and includes all instruction and materials. Class size limited to 10 adults and teens. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

It’s Your Story, Get Close to It (Part Four)

From Life to Memoir, Own Your Material (and the Art of Skipping the Boring Parts)

Saturday, May 25, 1-4pm

Presented by Crescent Dragonwagon

A memoir is autobiographical, but it is not autobiography or even your life story. It is both smaller and larger than that.

It’s smaller because it is not the narrative of your whole life, but of part of it. In memoir, well-told related incidents, anecdotes, situations illustrate the protagonist (you) and how she or he undergoes significant inner and outer change.

And it’s larger, because even though it’s you, it isn’t you. If you tell your story vividly and truthfully enough, your memoir becomes transparent. If your before-during-and-after achieves this transparency, readers will be see themselves through your story.

In this class, we’ll explore finding out which memoir you want to write, and what its thematic thread might be. From there, you will learn basic memoir structures, the ways in which you can pick and choose life-events that support that thread, and liability concerns — what to do about other people you may mention in a less-than-favorable light.

Along with all this, you’ll learn to get close to your material — to write right through its heart (and yours), not around it.

A Craft of Writing™ class.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $125. We will be writing in class, so please bring a spiral notebook and several pens with which you enjoy writing. Laptops are optional; generally, we suggest their use only if writing by hand is uncomfortable for you. Class size limited to 20. Ages 16 and up, please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

ABCs of Arkansas Summer Mushrooms

We’re sorry, but this event has SOLD OUT! If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, just email us and we will let you know if a seat opens up. Thank you!

Sunday, June 23, 10 am – 7 pm

This new PowerPoint presentation and foraging fungi workshop will focus on techniques used to identify wild mushrooms. Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down home Southern cooking), then an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms/fungi in their natural habitat.

Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a co-founder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society.

Tickets are $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. The event will be limited to 30 participants. As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative and delicious events fill up quickly! Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information, contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Edible, Poisonous and Medicinal Mushrooms of Arkansas

Sunday, July 7, 10am-7pm

Presented by mycologist Jay Justice

Back by popular demand, this lecture and foraging workshop will focus on techniques used to identify which summer mushrooms are worth picking for culinary and medicinal purposes and those that are best to admire from a distance.

Our morning presentation will be followed by a lunch break (brown-bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home Southern cooking) and an afternoon foray in the Ozark National Forest to observe and collect mushrooms in their natural habitat. Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by one of our ever popular soup to nuts mushroom-centric feasts!

Jay Justice is a retired epidemiologist who formerly worked at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He is a cofounder and scientific advisor for the Arkansas Mycological Society (1982) and a scientific advisor to the Cumberland Mycological Society as well as a chief mycologist for the Missouri Mycological Society

Lodging is available across the street at SkyVue Lodge for those wishing to spend the weekend exploring the majestic Ozark National Forest!

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Cost is $50 per person and include the evening tasting experience. Class size limited to 30. Adults only please. Tickets are non-refundable. (In the event that you are unable to use your ticket we will make every effort to resell your ticket and refund your money, but if we can’t find someone to purchase the seat, there will be no refund.)

For more information contact us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Music on the Meadow

Fourth Sunday of every month, 5-7pm

Presented by Winslow Squirrel Jam

Join Winslow Squirrel Jam for an evening of music in the front room at Ozark Folkways. Bring an instrument, a singing voice, or just be prepared to do a little toe-tapping and hand-clapping. The songs are all familiar favorites, and lyrics and chord symbols will be projected on the big screen; everybody is encouraged to join in!

Most of the jammers have only been playing their instruments for a couple of years or less, so this is not a group that is going to intimidate a beginner — at the same time, experienced players will find themselves in a welcoming environment where their ability is recognized and appreciated. There’s something for everybody.

If you like, bring a snack and a beverage; this is not a concert, but rather a gathering of friends and neighbors looking to enjoy an evening of music and good company.

Admission is free to the public, although we encourage you to drop a few bucks in the tip jar to help pay the bills. For more information, just give us a call at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

Knitting Circle

Second Sunday of every month, 1pm – 4pm

Bring your needles and yarn, or use some from Folkways and join the circle!

Practice your craft and socialize with your friends at the same time at Ozark Folkways.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free, though donations to support the mission of Ozark Folkways are welcome.

Introducing: “OZFOLK Clay Makerspace”

clayOZFOLK Clay Makerspace, is a fully functional clay studio at Ozark Folkways. Our studio includes:

  • 3 electric wheels
  • large slab-roller
  • work area
  • community tools
  • slips & glazes
  • raku kiln
  • computerized kiln

We offer community studio space during business hours – and after hours by arrangement!

$30 per month (clay and firing for a nominal fee)

For more information call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org