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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 …

“Finding Peace in a Culture of War.”

peaceTuesday, April 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a  potluck dinner followed by a presentation by Gladys Tiffany, Director OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology.

“The stumbling blocks that keep us from developing into a culture of peace are the same stumbling blocks that keep us from fixing racism classicism and sexism, making our economy fair, or addressing climate change. We’ll talk about some antidotes that can help our communities move toward more fair and just ways of operating. That’s what a culture of peace is. Until our culture finds the antidotes together, we’re caught in a trap of our own making. That’s not what any of us want, so come join a conversation about it.”

This event is free to the public. For more information, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Wet Felting for Kids and Adults

feltingSaturday, April 23, 10am – 2pm

Presented by Kathy Sparks

Join fabric artist Kathy Sparks for a fun-filled class creating colorful multi layered 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!

Cost $15 per person, and includes lunch. Participants will take home a one-of-a-kind piece of fiber art. Class is limited to 12 people, so pre-registration and advance payment is required.

To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com

Still Standing: Vernacular Structures of the Arkansas Ozarks

still standingSaturday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 31
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Presented by Beverly Simpson and Chris Engholm

Join us for this fascinating exhibit of stories and photographs assembled by Beverly Simpson of Winslow Museum, and independent author/photographer Chris Engholm.

The Still Standing Documentary Project is the largest archive depicting vernacular structures still in existence in the Arkansas Ozarks. Its exquisite photographs and entertaining stories connect us with our region’s unique houses, churches, cabins, schoolhouses, cemeteries, courthouses, bridges, barns, and cabin court motels located all across the Arkansas Ozarks. At this exhibit you will see 28 enlargements from the collection, as well as the complete Still Standing boxed portfolio of over 250 images. As part of the opening reception for this event, we offer a screening of a film about the project and a presentation by the project’s creators.

Anyone interested in Ozark architecture, folklore, traditional photography, and enigmatic places in our region will want to attend. A handsome folio of selected prints and stories will be available for purchase at the reception.

Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free to the public; donations are gratefully accepted.

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

Edible, Poisonous, and Medicinal Mushrooms of Summer

King StrophSaturday, June 25, 10:30am-6:30pm

Join us for another great workshop with renowned mycologist Jay Justice as we discover common – and not so common! — mycological finds in the beautiful Boston Mountains. After a brief presentation in the morning, we will take a break for lunch then forage for chanterelles and other funtastic fungi in the great outdoors. Then we’ll gather our finds, head back to Ozark Folkways for a hands-on identification workshop followed by a mushroom-centric dinner and wine.

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.

$45.00 including dinner

Pre-registration is required and payment is due when registering for the class. The fee is nonrefundable unless we can sell to someone on the waiting list. Please wear comfortable clothing, appropriate for tramping around in the woods. Bring a sack lunch or plan on having lunch at Grandma’s Cafe just up the street. If you are coming from out of town and wish to stay the night, Skyvue Cabins is right across the street offering comfortable accomodations, great Southern hospitality and breathtaking views, of the Ozark National Forest:  http://www.skyvuecabins.com

These educational and entertaining forays into the forest fill up fast and the food is always fantastic. To sign up, just call Ozark Folkways at 479-634-3791, or email Rebecca at director@folkways.arcoxmail.com