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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 …

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

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

South County: Bunyard Road & the Personal Adventures of Denny Luke

authorSunday, September 13, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Presented by Denele Campbell and Denny Luke

Join author Denele Campbell and local legend Denny Luke in the Connie Wright Gallery at Ozark Folkways for a reading from their new book collaboration. Centering on Luke’s years living on Bunyard Road and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes and adventures, this promises to be an entertaining afternoon! Refreshments will be provided and autographed books will be available for sale.

There is no charge to attend this event, but donations to support Ozark Folkways and its activities will be gratefully accepted.

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)

Presented by Freda Miller

Class starts at 10:00am and continues until each basket is completed, generally between 3:00 and 5:00pm.

Choose your own basket! Kits will be available for a variety of basket styles.

Tools:

  • 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

About the instructor: Freda Miller began making baskets about 20 years ago after taking a few classes with friends, and has been hooked ever since. The process of combining various weaving techniques with a variety of color to develop her own design is a never-ending source of pleasure and satisfaction. My work has been exhibited at major craft fairs in this area as well as accepted for show in the Women’s National
Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women.

Cost: $15.00 plus the cost of the basket kit. Basket kit prices range from $15.00 to $40.00 depending on the style chosen.

Class size is limited so be sure to reserve your space as soon as possible. For more information, call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Herbal Salve Making Class

salveSaturday, October 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Presented by Jenny Dietzel

This informative two-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 herbs can be grown in your own yard or window boxes, and some of them grow everywhere already. The recipe that will be demonstrated in the class makes a good-sized batch for sharing. Class fee is $20.00 and everyone gets a free jar of either original or lavender salve to take home with them.

Cost is $20 per person. Everyone will get a free jar of either original or lavender salve to take home.

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

2015 Fiber Arts Show & Festival

yarnSaturday, October 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the annual Fiber Arts Fair at Ozark Folkways.

This year’s categories will be weaving, basketry, quilting, knitting and crocheting, and sewing arts. Ribbons will be awarded to works of merit and cash prizes will be awarded in categories where five or more artists enter.

The panel of judges is comprised of highly respected artists and craftspeople. Judges remain anonymous until after the judging is completed.

Note:  Judges highly encourage the use of all-natural fibers and entries should have been crafted within the last three years.

Click here to download an official entry form (in PDF format).

There is a $5.00 fee for each entry, with a maximum of three entries for $15.00. See entry form for details.

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

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