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

Kids’ Summer Art Camp

silent_peopleMonday – Friday, July 13 -17, 9 am – 12 noon

Presented by Erin Chapman, Tracie Slattery, & David Holcomb

A new experience is in store as you participate in the “Silent People” installation at Folkways!

You will create your own special standing character, piece by piece, beginning with a three-dimensional head which you will build, paint and decorate. You will then choose and create clothing and accessories to bring your Silent Person to life.  Meanwhile, you will work on a collage journal each day, leading you through the steps of your creation. (The journal will be yours to take home at the end of the week.) At a final show you will exhibit your character and tell your audience all about him, and he (or she!) will then join the rest of the “Silent People” in a public display at Ozark Folkways. There will also be a reception and cookout on Friday evening to introduce the public to the great Art Camp kids and their work.

The “Silent People” are from a tradition native to Suomussalmi, in north-eastern Finland. The work that the kids do during this week will be included in a larger display on the grounds at Ozark Folkways. The main Silent People event will be open to everyone — see the event listing on this page for more details.

For kids ages 7-12. Cost for the week is $25 per student, which includes classroom materials and a snack.

Looks like we’ve got a full house, so we won’t be signing up any more students for this year’s camp. Please keep an eye on this site for other classes and events coming up!

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 Project

July 13-17

Join us as we give a Winslow take on the “Silent People”, a tradition native to Suomussalmi, in north-eastern Finland. We’ll provide the frames for you to build on as you see fit. A tribute to a loved one? A mythical creature? An Arkansas scarecrow? The only limit is your imagination!

Frames will be up by Monday, July 13th, and you can come and create at your leisure throughout the week — bring your own materials and have a great time creating a unique work. We only ask that you let us know in advance if you will participate so that we can make sure to provide enough frames. All silent people will remain on display at least through the month of July, and — if conditions allow– for the rest of the summer.

During that same week our Summer Art Camp for Kids will be encouraging kids to create their own Silent People, along with a variety of other art projects. On Friday evening student artwork will be exhibited in the gallery and completed Silent People will be placed about the grounds for your enjoyment. (Student work may be available for purchase). Food and drink will be available. 6pm-8pm.

Participation in the “Silent People” project is free, but space is limited, so please sign up as soon as you can.

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

Mexican Salsa-making Class

chilisSaturday, July 25, 2 – 4pm

Presented by Felicia Ramos

Smoking-hot salsas from the heart of Mexico!

Join chef Felicia Ramos as she creates five authentic Mexican savory salsas, with styles ranging from the traditional to the sublime. Just in time for tomato season, we’ll bring together fresh, smoked and dried chiles, exotic and not-so-exotic spices and make and take home some delicious, authentic Mexican classics.

This ain’t your “Old El Paso”!

Preregistration is required. This class costs $25 per person, and will be limited to twelve participants. Seats are first come, first serve, so get your credit card ready and call now to reserve your place!

To sign up, just 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!

The Ghosts of Ozark Folkways

ghostsSaturday, August 8, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Presented by Paranormal Encounters

“The Ghosts of Ozark Folkways” will take you into the world of the paranormal by teaching you about the basics of paranormal investigations. You will learn about the phenomena and the equipment used and why we use it. You will also learn about the history of Ozark Folkways and about the paranormal activity in our building.

Cost is $30 per person (ages 15 and up — kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent). Space is limited, so don’t wait! NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

To purchase tickets, visit  www.rvpri.com/events.html.

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

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

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.