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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!

The Votes are In!

Our “Spring Fling” was a huge success, and we were proud to have the opportunity to display some of the outstanding art and craft being produced by the Folkways family.

Thank you to everyone who attended the party, and especially to everyone who cast a vote in the The “Visitors’ Choice” competition. The votes have been tallied and we’re ready to announce the winners!

  • • First Place: Cindy Arsaga
    for her encaustic painting “Passing Through”
  • • Second Place: Denice Nicholson
    for her wax resist dye painting “Cornflowers” Denice takes home a gift certificate to Khana Grill in Fayetteville!
  • • Third Place: Jody Wheeler
    for her handmade silk purse. Jody gets a gift certificate for the Folkways shop!
  • • Fourth Place: John Collier
    for his hand-carved cherrywood bowl. John now has a place reserved for him in the Jay Justice Mushroom Workshop in July!

All of the entries were amazing, and we thank everyone who participated.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the artwork on display, come on down: the show will remain in place through the end of May.

 

Spring Fiber Arts Festival

Saturday, May 19, 10am – 2pm

Presented by Tammy Watkins

Join us as Ozark Folkways returns to its roots with a day of fiber-related crafts.

There will be demonstrations of spinning fiber, weaving, and lacemaking. We will have an old-fashioned knitting circle that folks can join in. Contemporary spinners, weavers, and lace makers will be on hand, as well, demonstrating and teaching.

If you are interested you can come and watch and ask questions. If you have some experience but have questions or need someone to walk you through a few steps, bring your supplies and join in the fun. Bring your spinning wheel and raw fiber, your thread for needle tatting, shuttle tatting or your pillow for bobbin lace. Bring your yarn and knitting needles or crochet hooks and join the circle. Bring your quilt pieces and do some hand quilting.

If you are interested and would like some individual tutoring, pre-register in your area of interest. It is better to bring your own supplies but we will have some supplies on hand.

There will be workshops in Needle Tatting, Shuttle Tatting, Bobbin Lace, Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting, each with one session at 11am, and another at 1pm. Six different crafts, two sessions each: participants can sign up for a morning class in one craft, and an afternoon session in another!

 

Fermentation Workshop – Get Pickled with Cat!

Saturday, May 26th 1pm-3pm

Presented by Cat Swenson

A fermentation workshop for adults

In this workshop, Cat Swenson, Fermenter-in-Chief for Great Ferments will demonstrate how to make your own kraut & other pickled vegetables. You’ll follow along step-by-step and leave this class with your own ready to ferment Jar o’ Kraut.

Cat will also demonstrate how to make your own milk kefir (like “drinkable yogurt” but with a lot more probiotics) and each participant will get kefir grains (starter cultures). In addition to learning how to make this healthier version of modern pickles & yogurts, you’ll also have the warm & fuzzy feeling you get from supporting two of your favorite local non-profits (Ozark Folkways & Nourishing Traditions NWA).

Class is limited to 30 participants. Cost is $20 per person, which includes starter cultures and all ingredients to make your own jar of kraut.

To purchase tickets, just click the “Pay Now” button below. 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 call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Music on the Meadow

Sunday, May 27, 5pm – 7pm

Presented by Winslow Squirrel Jam

Cabin fever getting to you? We can help!

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 for power and heat. For more information, just give us a call at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org.

Bushwhacking 101: The Art of Survival

Saturday, June 9, 10 am – 5 pm

How to survive a zombie apocalypse! For kids and parents!

Kids age ten and up with a parent are invited to learn traditional survival skills like fire making and shelter building with Matthew Tate and B.J. Latta from American Survival Company and The Discovery Channel’s Bushcraft Build-off. Learn wilderness survival skills essential to survive a Zombie Apocalypse or your next camping trip!

Please bring gloves, a brightly colored bandanna, fixed-blade knife, folding saw (if you have one), note pad and pencil, insect repellent and a sack lunch.

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Cost for this workshop is $100 for the day, which includes one child and one guardian. 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 the “Pay Now” button below. 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 call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Edible, Poisonous, and Medicinal Mushrooms

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Presented by Jay Justice

This new 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 mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

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

As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative (and delicious!) events fill up quickly. Tickets are $50 per person and include tasting session. Tickets are non-refundable. (For events like this we have to buy materials, food, and other items in advance of the workshop, expenses that we can’t recoup if we provide refunds. 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 the “Pay Now” button below. 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 call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Summer Art Camp For Kids

“Wildwood Village”, Summer Art Camp for kids aged 5-12
June 25-29, 9:00am – 12:00noon each day

Presented by Erin Chapman and Tracie Slattery

During the course of the week, through a series of guided activities, students will design and build a a make-believe village.

The fun will begin with students learning the basic concepts, planning and designing their houses, and collecting materials.

Students will then create three-dimensional characters to inhabit their houses under the direction of artist Madison Woods, and develop stories for their characters.

By Friday, each student will have designed, built, and decorated a “Wildwood Home” to be incorporated into the village, complete with inhabitants; the Wildwood Village itself will be situated among the trees bordering the meadow behind the Ozark Folkways building.

Community and parents will be invited to a twilight pot-luck/wiener roast on Friday evening, during which students will give guided tours through the village.

Cost is $30 per child (limited to 16 participants)

The morning activities will include a snack-break midway through the session. Snacks and materials will be provided.

Tickets are non-refundable. (For events like this we have to buy materials, food, and other items in advance of the event, expenses that we can’t recoup if we provide refunds. 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 purchase a seat in this weeklong event.

Herbal Salve Making

Saturday, July 14, 1pm-3pm

Presented by Jenny Dietzel

This informative 2-hour class teaches the participants how to make an herbal salve.

Salve is made from herbs soaked or simmered in oil with beeswax added to help it harden. It is a great way to get an herb onto the skin and is recommended for cuts, scrapes, stings, bites and rashes as well as other conditions like dry lips or skin. Learn how to make a simple salve from a single healing herb or combine herbs into a formula for their synergistic effects. Many of the ingredients can be grown in your own yard or window boxes. (Some of them grow everywhere already!)

The recipe demonstrated in the class makes a good sized batch for sharing.

Class is limited to 24 participants. Class fee is $20 and everyone gets a free jar of either original or lavender salve to take home with them.

To purchase tickets, just click the “Pay Now” button below. 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 call us at 479-634-3791 or email us at info@ozarkfolkways.org

Edible, Poisonous, and Medicinal Mushrooms of Summer

Sunday, July 22 10:00am-7:00pm

Presented by Jay Justice

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 mushroom-centric tasting experiences!

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

As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative (and delicious!) events fill up quickly. Tickets are $50 per person and include tasting session. Tickets are non-refundable. (For events like this we have to buy materials, food, and other items in advance of the workshop, expenses that we can’t recoup if we provide refunds. 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 the “Pay Now” button below. 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 call us at 479-634-3791 or 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