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Located in historic (and historically funky!) Winslow, Ozark Folkways is where the art of today meets the craft traditions of generations past; and music, food, fun and family reach across generations to bring people together.

Apart from the everyday offerings of art and crafts in our shop, we also provide a range of classes, workshops, and special events. Scroll down on this page to see what’s coming up: there’s bound to be something for you!

Playing with Fire!

Saturday, October 27, 1pm until we are finished

Presented by Kathy Keen and Gailen Hudson

Ages 18 and older.

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 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.

Everyone is encouraged to bring snacks and a beverage (non-alcoholic) and enjoy the autumn splendor of the scenic Boston Mountains.

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes instruction, glazes, and firing.

Class is limited to 8 participants. 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.)

To purchase tickets, just CLICK HERE.

All tickets must be purchased prior to the workshop and the number is limited, so call today! (Ticket cost is non-refundable and is viewed as a donation to Ozark Folkways.) If you are unable to make the class, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the open spot to others.

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Music on the Meadow


Sunday, October 28, 5pm – 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.

Leaf Platters

Saturday, October 6 &
Saturday, November 3
9am – noon (each day)

Presented by Amy Leisure

This is the second part of this two-part workshop, in which participants will glaze the platters that they created during the October 6 event. There is no additional cost for this session, as it was included in the cost of the October 6 workshop.

Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a shallow bowl or pie plate to use as a mold. Aprons will also be available. Clay and tools will be provided.

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

BMPA Pottery Show & Sale

November 1 – November 18
Opening Reception November 4, 1-5pm

Join the artists of the Boston Mountain Potters Association for a show and sale at Ozark Folkways. Members will be displaying their work in the sunroom of Ozark Folkways, with original, handmade pottery items available for purchase. The work appearing in this show will range from utilitarian to whimsical to sophisticated.

There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 4, from 1-5pm, with snacks and drinks and an opportunity to meet the artists; the work will remain on display through November 18.

Attendance is free, although donations to Ozark Folkways will be gratefully accepted.

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Autumn Mushrooms of Arkansas

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, November 4, 10:00am – 6:30pm

$50 per person.

Master Mycologist Jay Justice will join us once again for a fun and informative fall fungi foray focusing on edible, poisonous and medicinal fall mushrooms native to Arkansas in general and Northwest Arkansas in Particular. After a morning power point presentation, we will break for lunch(brown bag or hop on over to Grandma’s Cafe) and then carpool down to the beautiful Winfrey Valley where we will forage. An afternoon identification and question and answer session will be followed by our one of our ever popular tastings.

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.

For more information just email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

The Whispering Willows

Saturday, November 10, 7 – 9pm

This powerful duo features Alaina’s pure and angelic vocals matched only with her impactful and approachable songwriting, wrapped together beautifully with Dylan’s virtuosity as mulit-instrumentalist and delivered through an old-time, one-microphone performance that will leave you with a long lasting and meaningful musical experience.

Admission is free but a $5 donation supports The Whispering Willows and the mission of Ozark Folkways.

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

Leaf Platter Workshop

Saturday, October 20 &
Saturday, November 17
9am – noon (each day)

Presented by Amy Leisure

Back by popular demand! The first workshop was so successful that we’ve scheduled a repeat!

Join Northwest Arkansas artist Amy Leisure in this two-day hand building workshop creating in clay. You‘ll build a beautiful and functional stoneware platter in the first class, then come back on November 3rd to glaze your platter. In the end you will take home a one-of-a-kind creation perfect for serving or as a holiday gift.

Wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring a shallow bowl or pie plate to use as a mold. Aprons will also be available. Clay and tools will be provided.

Tickets are $45 per person and include both sessions. Class is limited to 10 people ages 14 and up. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat!

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Introduction to Blacksmithing

Saturday, November 24, 9am-4pm

Join Blacksmith Jay Sanders from J6 Forge for a fascinating introduction to blacksmithing. Participants will learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing including theory, safety and equipment basics, how to operate a forge and manipulate metals and how to draw out your material. After a lunch break (brown-bag it or head over to Grandma’s Cafe for some down-home country cooking) students will make “S” hooks or a fire poker, or both depending on time. Perfect for your home or as a holiday gift!

Students will need to bring leather gloves that fit, leather boots and safety glasses. Your safety is your responsibility!

Click here to reserve your seat!

Seats are available for $50 per person, which includes instruction and materials. Class is limited to 10 people. 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 email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Introduction to Weaving

Saturday, November 24, 9am-Noon

Presented by Jody Wheeler

Join fiber artist Jody Wheeler for this introduction to the ancient art of weaving. In this class, we will cover basic terminology, warping the frame loom, and basic weave structures. Class members will leave with a working sampler on a picture frame loom. Alternative weaving equipment will be introduced to further peak your interest in the joy of weaving. Frames, yarn and take-home instructions are included. Bring a dinner fork to use to beat the yarn into submission.

Jody Wheeler recently moved to Arkansas from Maine. She studied Fiber Arts at Cumbria Institute of the Arts in Northwest England, and Art Education at Empire State College in upstate New York.  She and her husband have lived in many places around the world where Jody has studied the fiber heritage of diverse cultures. Jody is a gardener, an avid musician and a prolific weaver. With a love of texture, color and composition, Jody brings her excitement and sense of humor to her teaching.

Come join us and get hooked on weaving!

Tickets are $30 per person and include materials. Class is limited to 10 people. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat!

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, November 24, 9am – noon

Presented by John Ford

Kick off the holidays by creating a fresh holiday wreath!

This workshop includes all instruction, supplies, wreath forms, and plenty of Southern magnolia, evergreens, twigs, cones, berries and other natural botanicals, ribbons and bling to create the perfect look to usher in the holidays and welcome your holiday guests.

This is a great class to share with one or more of your friends to get into the holiday spirit!

Tickets are $45 per person and includes refreshments and materials for one wreath. Pre-registration is required. Class is limited to 15 people. 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.)

Click here to reserve your seat!

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Introduction to Basketry

Saturday, November 24, 10am-2pm

Presented by Virginia Wright and Patti Dahlen

This class is a great introduction to the fundamentals of basket weaving with fiber artists Virginia Wright and Patti Dahlen. With over 25 years of shared experience Virginia and Patti provide expert yet straightforward hands on instruction. Class participants will weave a decorative bird house embellished with natural elements, perfect for home decor or a lovely holiday gift to be cherished for years to come.

Tickets are $40 per person. Price includes all instruction and materials, but you should bring a sack lunch (a refrigerator is available.)

Class is limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is highly recommended. 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.)

To purchase tickets, just CLICK HERE.

All tickets must be purchased prior to the workshop and the number is limited, so call today! (Ticket cost is non-refundable and is viewed as a donation to Ozark Folkways.) If you are unable to make the class, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the open spot to others.

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Mi Querida Gordita (“My Dear Little Fat One”)

Saturday, November 24, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Presented by Felicia Ramos

Join Chef Felicia Ramos in a journey to Mexico as we learn how to create authentic Mexican Gorditas.

These traditional Mexican appetizers(antojitos) are made with a rich masa dough wrapped around savory fillings of meat, cheese and vegetables, served up with complex, spicy salsas. A delicious and filling treat on their own or as an an entree to dinner, these little “chubbies” are a classic Mexican dish with layers of flavor, sure to please.

Tickets are $20 per person and include instruction, tasting, and a dozen gorditas to take home! Class is limited to 20 participants.

Click here to reserve your seat!

All tickets must be purchased prior to the workshop and the number is limited, so call today! (Ticket cost is non-refundable and is viewed as a donation to Ozark Folkways.) If you are unable to make the class, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can offer the open spot to others.

For more information email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

Felting for Kids and Adults

Saturday, December 1, 10am-2pm

Presented by Kathy Sparks

Join fabric artist Kathy Sparks for a fun-filled class creating colorful multilayered felted art pieces from colorful wool fibers. Anyone who has ever taken this class knows what a lively instructor Kathy is!

Kathy will teach us the basics of wet felting (also called ‘soft felting’) to create a colorful, wool art project. We will learn how to create a small wall hanging or piece of layered felted fabric which can then be sewn into clothing. This year we will felt to the sounds of Motown on the boom box!

Cost is $20 per person, and includes lunch. Participants will take home a one of a kind piece of fiber art perfect for you or someone on your holiday gift list. Class is limited to 12 people. This class will fill up quickly so pre-registration is a good bet.

Click here to reserve your seat!

Seats are available for $20 per person, which includes instruction and materials, and participants will take home a one-of-a-kind piece of fiber art. Class is limited to 12 people. 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 email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

 

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