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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, we have a number of special events coming up over the next few months. There’s bound to be something for you …

Natural Soap Making

Saturday, February 25, 10am-1pm

Presented by Christi Ward

Join local soap maker Christi Ward for a morning of soap making! Christi will demonstrate the fundamentals of soap making including the importance of using proper ingredients, curing and cutting. Class participants will gain knowledge of the basics of soapmaking and go home with printed instructions and source lists.

Naturally Christi handmade artisan soaps are made batch by batch with love in the beautiful Ozarks of NW Arkansas. All are made simply with olive and coconut oils and scented only with pure essential oils. Various scents are colored and textured with spices, herbs, and various food ingredients, always safe enough to eat!

Class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $15 per person.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Gallery Opening with Denice Nicholson

Saturday, March 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Join us for a gallery opening reception with Fayetteville artist Denice Rose Nicholson. Denice will showcase her fabric based mixed media art. Through many years of trial and error experimenting Denice has developed her own technique, similar to traditional batik, that involves adding layer upon layer of color, using wax-resist for some elements and freehand dyeing for particular effects. Hardened wax is frozen then strategically cracked to allow dyes to infiltrate, creating textures, color juxtapositions and impressionistic inferences of form and space to reveal an ethereal, dream-like perception of our mysterious world.

Denice’s work will be on sale through March and will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is free of charge, but donations to Ozark Folkways are always welcome!

For more information, call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Boutique Chic!

Saturday, March 25, 10:00am-3:00pm

Join the folks from Olive Loom for a introduction to sewing fundamentals as we make a one of a kind, stunning jacket incorporating your favorite colors from a sweat shirt and your favorite fabric stash. Great to wear to the office, a night out on the town over jeans or a day at the lake. We’ll start with some sewing fundamentals incorporating how to perfectly layer multiple colors and techniques and end with a boutique chic spring jacket, a $120 value.

10am-noon Level one – Introduction to sewing machine basics, fabric cutting using a rotary cutter and sweatshirt fabric preparation

noon-1pm Lunch on your own. Brown bag it or head on over to Grandma’s House Cafe for some down home Southern Cooking

1pm-3pm Level two – Jacket construction, stabilizing knit fabrics for sewing piecing of the fabric band and introduction to using a serger

Maximum class size is 15 persons. Class cost $35 per person

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Hands-On Mushroom Growing Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 10am-noon

Presented by John Collier

Grow your own gourmet mushrooms in your woods!

It’s fun and easy to cultivate edible mushrooms using logs and stumps, in the moist shade of your wooded property. In this hands-on workshop with Winslow resident and mushroom aficionado John Collier, you will not only learn how to cultivate the mushrooms, but you’ll actually do it! Each participant will receive a small oak log to work with and we’ll go through the whole process of drilling, plugging, and waxing. You will have enough plugs to do your in-class log, along with extra plugs and wax to take home with you. We’ll use shiitake plugs in this workshop, as they are particularly easy to grow. You’ll learn about others varieties you can grow and receive information on where to buy plug spawn.

Class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is only $30 and includes all supplies and instruction, enough to get you started on your own home grown delicious mushroom adventure!

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Goats!

Saturday, April 1, 10:00am-2:00pm

Presented by Greedy Goats

Join the folks from Greedy Goats for a fascinating introduction to goat tending. Each presentation is 90 minutes. $15 fee for each class level or $25 for both. A minimum of 10 persons required for each class and you must pre register via phone or email.

Level I: Intro to Goats 10am-11:30am

Basic needs: Breeds, Anatomy, Hooves, Goat Psychology, Diet, Nutrition, Fencing, Housing, City ordinances, Buying, and Pet-a-goat.

Lunch on your own or head over to Grandma’s House Cafe for some down home Southern Cooking, 11:30am-12:30pm.

Level II: Advanced Goats 12:30am-2:00pm

Important info: Nutrition, Minerals, Health, Parasites, Hygiene, Pasture rotation, Record keeping, Breeding, Kidding, Milking, Wethering, and Selling.

To purchase tickets, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791. 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, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Wet Felting For Kids and Adults

Saturday, April 8, 10:00am – 2:00pm

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 and this class is sure to fill up fast!

Once again, 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 fabric which can then be sewn into clothing. This year we will felt to the tunes of Van Morrison on the boom box!

Class is limited to 15 participants. Cost is only $15 per person and includes lunch.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Get Pickled with Cat!

Saturday, May 6, 1:00-3:00pm

Presented by Cat Swenson

Farmer & Food Fermenting Fanatic, Cat Swenson, shares her enthusiasm for healthful & nutrient-dense fermented foods in this interactive demonstration. Learn about the care and feeding of your own amazing microbiome (your personal eco-system) with prebiotic & probiotic foods. Forget the hot & sweaty “canning” of your fresh garden veggies…try instead the ancient art of pickling food using probiotic live-cultures & fermentation

Cat’s delicious high energy presentations are always well attended. This class benefits Nourshing Traditions NWA and Ozark Folkways, both 501c3 non profit organizations benefiting the local community.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. Cost is only $20 per person.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Macrophotography

Saturday, May 13, 5:00-7:00pm

Presented by Kathy Collier

Explore the minute details of the natural world with macro-photography! Discuss the simple strategies and techniques that local photographer Kathy Collier uses to create close-up images of various fungi and lichens, and learn how she uses light, shadow, and composition to present her subjects in a creative way. We’ll conclude the evening with a nature walk   where you’ll have the opportunity to take your own photographs of the undiscovered micro-landscape of the Boston Mountains!

Class is limited to 20 participants. Cost is only $10 per person.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Summer Mushroom ID Workshop

Presented by mycologist Jay Justice

Sunday, June 11, 9:30am-7:00pm

This new power point presentation and foraging fungi workshop will focus 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), 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 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 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.

As anyone who has attended one of Jay’s workshops in the past knows, these informative and delicious events fill up quickly.

Class size is limited to 30 people. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Encaustic Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, October 14, 10:00am-4:00pm

Presented by Cindy Arsaga

This workshop is for people wishing to learn the basics of encaustic technique. We will focus on equipment, materials, basic techniques, safety, and health precautions.

Encaustic is an ancient technique using beeswax (or other wax medium) and damar resin. The two are combined, brought to a controlled temperature and applied in a molten state to any substrate that will accept the medium.

If you are interested in creating mixed media art, it is convenient for including found objects, papers, organic items, pretty much anything that will allow incorporation with the wax. It also works well when applied to newspaper and photographic images printed on uncoated papers as well as unglazed ceramics.

I will provide various substrates, encaustic medium, oil sticks, and items compatible with wax for inclusion in mixed media pieces. If you wish to bring some of your own items to work with please feel free to do so. The wax will not adhere to anything that resists water.

Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting wax on. Bring your own apron if you have one. I’ll provide a few.

Cost is $125 per person for this full day workshop and is limited to six. Bring a sack lunch and beverages. There is refrigeration on site.

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 Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791 or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Introducing: “OZFOLK Weaver’s Makerspace”

weavingLearn the ancient art of weaving at Ozark Folkways in Winslow, Arkansas.

Teach yourself or join our Makerspace for $30 per month and learn to weave with a fellow artist!

Membership includes:

  • one 50-minute lesson per month
  • unlimited questions via email
  • use of studio space during business hours (or after hours, by arrangement)
  • additional lesson for $30 each

For more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Introducing: “OZFOLK Clay Makerspace”

clayOZFOLK Clay Makerspace, is a fully functional clay studio at Ozark Folkways

  • 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, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email us at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com