Welcome to Ozark Folkways


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 …

“Incredible Edibles” Photography Exhibit

Photography by Kathy Collier.

Photography by Kathy Collier.

Ongoing through July

Photography by Arkansas artist Kathy Collier

Join us as we celebrate the work of Arkansas native Kathy Collier whose striking macrophotography explores the world of edible fungi and their relationships to their host woods. These dynamic images showcase Kathy’s passion for woodworking and photography, many displayed in one of a kind handmade frames crafted from native hardwoods. Kathy’s passion for nature and her unique ability to observe even the most minute details in the world around us, demonstrate a breathtaking awareness of the beauty that surround us.

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

The Winslow “Silent People” Project

Silent People ProjectOngoing while weather permits

The Story of the Silent People: Finnish artist Reijo Kela unveiled his “Silent People” for the first time in his 1988 presentation ‘Ilmari’s Ploughed Field’ in Lassila’s Field. They reappeared later in Helsinki’s Senaatintori Market Place as part of the 1994 Kainuu Exhibition.

Twelve hundred Silent People had made the journey down to Helsinki but there was room for only 700 of them on the steps in front of the Cathedral. The presentation was erected during the night and over the proceeding two days created quite a stir in the Capital. The following night the display was dismantled and sent back home to Suomussalmi. The Silent People moved to their present home in the autumn of 1994.

People often ask what precisely is the idea behind the Silent People. A state of psychological withdrawal? The mute Kainuu soul? A forgotten people? Reijo Kela refuses to provide any answer. Viewers are free to come to their own conclusions.

Join us by choosing a cross and making your own “Silent Person”. Feel free to take pictures and tag “Ozark Folkways” when you post on Facebook or under the hash tag #silentpeopleofwinslow #ozarkfolkwayssilentpeople on Twitter!

All silent people will remain on display at least through the month of July, and — if conditions allow– for the rest of the summer.

Participation in the “Silent People” project is free, but space is limited, so let us know if you’d like to participate.

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

Spirit Messages

newportraitSaturday, August 1, 6:30- 9:00 pm

Presented by Cyndy Green

Come and see for yourself?

What are angel messages? These are open group readings, where anyone in the audience can receive a message from spirit. They are a demonstration of communication between angels, spirit guides, loved ones in spirit, and us. To greatly simplify what happens, Cyndy is like a telephone operator, sharing messages from heaven or spirit to us on earth.

Messages can be from angels, spirit guides, universal teachers and saints, from family, a friend, or loved one crossed over. Even our pets in the spirit world show up from time to time!

Your angel message may include information on job, home, love or health. It may be a personal message from someone in spirit to you, it may be your angel nudging you towards growth . . . we never know what spirit is going to say or bring up. Some messages are lighthearted and airy, others are specific to you and so deep and amazing you can feel spirit in the room. Come with an open mind and heart! Anything is possible with God and spirit!

Chuck Brodsky

Chuck Brodsky

Chuck Brodsky

Friday, September 11, 7:00 pm

“Take it out back” with storyteller, songwriter, troubadour, and modern-day bard Chuck Brodsky on our beautiful outdoor stage!

With only his acoustic guitar and his voice Chuck will draw you in with genuine, down-to-earth warmth and his quirky, finely crafted songs. Using wit and irony, set to haunting melodies, he tells the stories of oddball and underdog characters through his syncopated guitar strumming or sweet finger-picking. His songs celebrate the goodness in people—the eccentric, holy, profound, courageous, inspiring, and the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs to be poked, and sometimes they challenge. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

Cost is $10 per person. Refreshments are available. Bring a blanket or lawn chair — coolers will be permitted.

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

Winfest ’86, A Retro Retrospective

eightiesThursday, September 17, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Presented by Lee Kidder

Join us for a one-hour video restrospective of Winfest from 1986 by legendary Winslow resident Lee Kidder. Curious about the music, or perhaps you were there? Grab your Ray-Bans and denim miniskirts, tease out your hair and come take a walk with us down memory lane, Winfest ’86!

The showing of “Winfest ’86” is free to the public.

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

Jesse Dean & Left of Center

leftOfCenterSaturday, October 3, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Join us for some old soul Rock ‘n’ Roll with a heavy blues influence by Northwest Arkansas’ powerhouse three-piece band Jesse Dean and Left of Center. Grab a blanket and a cooler and we’ll rock the night away on the Crow’s Nest outdoor stage under the fall moonlight.

The concert is free but we will pass the hat.

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

Freda’s Basket Class

basketsOctober 3, November 7 (all dates are on a Saturday) 10:00 am

Choose your own basket!


  • Bring what tools you have on hand. (There will be
    extras to share where needed.)
  • Craft Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Water Basin
  • Clothespins
  • Pencil
  • Old towel
  • Sack lunch

Let me know if you know what you would like to work on, or have any questions.
Cost: $15.00 plus the cost of the basket kit. Basket kit prices start at $12.00 depending on size and materials required.

As always class size is limited so be sure to reserve your space as soon as possible. Ozark Folkways can be contacted by email at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com or by phone at 479-634-3791.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Potluck Dinner

day of the deadSunday, November 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm

On the Day of the Dead, people of all ages celebrate their loved ones who have passed away, participating in a festival that has roots that go back nearly 4,000. A national holiday in Mexico, Day of the Dead is celebrated on October 31st through November 2nd each year. Join us on Sunday, November 1st, at 6pm, for our annual Day of the Dead potluck dinner celebration at Ozark Folkways.

This year in addition to our annual potluck dinner, we will open up the gallery during the day Saturday and Sunday for anyone interested in creating their own Day of the Dead Altar honoring loved ones. Sunday evening we will share food and drink and fond memories of friends no longer with us and create fond memories with those that are!

This event is free, both the potluck dinner and the opportunity to create an altar, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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

Edible, Poisonous and Medicinal Fall Mushrooms of Arkansas

amanitaSunday, November 8, 10:30am-7:00pm

Presented by Jay Justice

Master Mycologist Jay Justice will join us once again for our fall fungi foray focusing on edible, poisonous and medicinal fall mushrooms native to Arkansas in general and Northwest Arkansas in particular. After a morning 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 (near Frog Bayou, on the Ozark Highlands Trail) where we will forage. An afternoon identification and question and answer session will be followed by one of our ever popular mushroom-centric dinners — soup to nuts, and wine to wash it down with!

Cost is $40 per person, including dinner (lunch is not included).  This class is limited to only 25 participants, so sign up ASAP!

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