Wild Edibles

We’re sorry, but this event has FILLED UP! 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, August 24, 9am-11am

Join self-taught naturalist and area resident Stacy Harrison as we forage for late summer wild edible plants. On this outdoor hike we will learn how to identify various edible plants, shrubs and trees and where to find them.

Free and open to persons of all ages. This event will take place outdoors and may not be accessible to people with limited mobility. Please wear clothing appropriate for hiking and bring drinking water, insect repellent and a walking stick if needed.

This event is free, but will be limited to 20 persons, so participants will need to sign up at the link below. Thank you!

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

Hand-Built Leaf Plates

Saturday, August 17 & Saturday, August 31, 9 am – noon, each day

In this two-day clay hand building workshop, students will create beautiful and  functional stoneware plates in the first class, then come back two weeks later to glaze their pieces. 

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 materials and instructions for both sessions. The event will be limited to 10 participants, 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 in this workshop!

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

Intro to Soapmaking

Saturday, September 14, 9am-12pm

You asked for it, you got it! For those of you who were unable to make it to the last one, Amy is repeating her “Intro to Soapmaking” workshop!

Join Northwest Arkansas artist Amy Leisure and learn 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 guide you on 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 you 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!

You will leave with two bars of soap ($14 value), a handout with the recipe used, helpful websites, and how to formulate your own recipe.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $40 per person and include all instruction and materials and two bars of handmade soap. The event will be limited to 10 participants — 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 Kitchen Apothecary

Saturday, September 21, 3:00pm

Presented by Jenny Dietzel

Herbs have long been added to food not only for their flavor, but for their benefits on the body.

Come learn how to turn your everyday kitchen spices and foods into great-tasting, health-supporting extracts and blends. We’ll also talk about harvesting and preserving herbs for maximum flavor and potency. There will be a demonstration and some free samples.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $15 per person and include materials and samples. The event will be limited to 15 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.)

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

Papermaking II

Saturday, September 28, 1-4pm

Presented by Mary Michele Clark

Learn how to add textural enhancements to handmade paper, how to dye it and paint it, how to print on it, how to form it into shapes such as bowls and how to use it with your desktop printer.

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 was the founding director of Tahlequah Creates, a gallery, gift market and creative classroom in downtown Tahlequah.

We will begin by reviewing how to make paper and how to work with it while wet, then work on processes that need dry paper. Bring your own handmade paper, if you have some; if not, lots paper will be provided. Paints and textured items will be available, but you are welcomed to bring water colors, acrylics, leaves, flowers and textured items that can be used to make an impression on paper.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $45 per person and include materials. The event will be limited to 10 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.)

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

Vegan India

Saturday, October 19, 4-7pm

Presented by Anjana Mukhopadhyaya

Join Chef Anjana Mukhopadhyaya for an afternoon of delicious Indian cuisine with a focus on healthful yet rich and delicious meat-free and dairy-free dishes.

Chef Anjana will demonstrate how to make a full course Indian vegan meal with such delicacies as Spinach Daal , Baigan Bharta (smoky roasted eggplant with Indian spices) Vegetable Korma (a decadent vegetable curry), Calcutta Style Ghugni, Cumin and Tumeric Scented Rice and more!

Our three hour journey to India includes cooking demonstration by Chef Anjana, insider tips into where to buy authentic Indian ingredients, recipe booklets and a tasting. Limited to 20 participants, this class is bound to fill up quickly.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $45 per person and include instruction and the evening tasting experience. The event will be limited to 20 participants. (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

Fall Watercolors

Saturday, October 26, 1-4pm

Presented by Mary Alink

In this hands-on watercolor workshop with Northwest Arkansas artist Mary Alink we will explore design and techniques in watercolor painting to create simple and beautiful Fall paintings. Open to everyone regardless of skill. We will explore a variety of watercolor techniques and use of various brushes, papers, watercolors and simple tools that you already have on hand at home!

A long time resident of Northwest Arkansas, Mary’s passion for art, her deep appreciation of nature and her love of color and texture shines through in her artwork and her love for teaching.

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Tickets are $35 per person and include all materials and instruction. The event will be limited to 8 participants. Participants are encouraged to bring at least six fall leaves that are supple and preferably colorful.

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 Good, the Bad & the Medicinal Fall Fungi 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 3, 10am-7pm

Presented by Jay Justice

This new PowerPoint presentation and foraging workshop will focus on techniques used to identify just which fall mushrooms are worth picking!

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 edible, medicinal and other mushrooms/fungi in their natural habitat.

Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on ID workshop followed by a tasting session.

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 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

Holiday Cards & Decorations from Handmade Paper

Saturday, November 23, 1-4pm

Presented by Mary Michele Clark

Learn how to use handmade paper to make holiday cards and decorations.

You will be shown interesting ways to add holiday imagery to paper with household items, how to combine and layer papers to create traditional holiday forms and how to print holiday greetings on handmade paper with your desktop printer. We will also use some of these same methods to make ornaments, garland and stringers for decorations.

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 was the founding director of Tahlequah Creates, a gallery, gift market and creative classroom in downtown Tahlequah.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $45 per person and include materials and instruction. The event will be limited to 10 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.)

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

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, November 23, 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! Your ticket includes your finished wreath to take home, supplies for class and Yuletide treats.

Click here to reserve your seat in this workshop!

Tickets are $45 per person and include materials and instruction. The event will be limited to 18 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.)

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

Community Playdate

Fourth Sunday of every month, 2-3pm

For infants and toddlers, aged 0 – 4 years

We’ll read a few books, swap stories (or clothes) and hang out!

This event is free and open to the public (but you’re welcome to stick a couple of bucks in the tip jar to help support the mission of Ozark Folkways to preserve, develop, instruct, and celebrate the arts, crafts, and music of our region.)

Donate to Folkways!

Ozark Folkways is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, development, instruction, and celebration of regional arts and crafts.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to fulfill our mission. The majority of proceeds from our gallery sales, workshops, and performances go to support the artists and craftspeople in our region. Our workshops and events are coordinated by volunteers.

Your tax-deductible investment, even as little as $5, will go directly toward fulfilling our mission and overhead such as utilities, maintenance, and improving our facilities.

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