Virtual Craft Village showcase at Ozark Folk Center underway


The Ozark Folk Center State Park is holding a virtual craft showcase on its Facebook page through Oct. 16. (Click here for a link to the page.)

Craft Village artisans will share videos of their shops, their creative processes, and the items they make and sell. The Craft Village is a community of working artisans whose work honors the Ozark craftspeople of the past, present, and future. It is a place to learn a skill, to develop your own style, and to pass on knowledge, said a release from Arkansas State Parks.

In addition to the virtual showcase, the artisans will host an auction benefitting the Committee of One Hundred. The Committee funds craft apprenticeships, music awards, helps pay for the Music Roots program in local schools, provides help for the Heritage Herb Garden, provides funds for specialized tools for traditional crafts, and supports Ozark Folk Center State Park programs in many other ways. (Click here for a link to the Committee of One Hundred’s Facebook page.)

To support the work of the Committee, craft students, and apprentices of the future, the Craft Village artisans will also host a Virtual Benefit Auction of their unique, handcrafted items on their Ozark Folk Center Craft Village Facebook page, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16 through 18.

Items will be posted throughout the day on Friday. Visitors can bid on them in the comments on that post. The closing time for each item and details of how to purchase will be listed in each item description. Some items can be shipped, but many are delicate and must be picked up at the park. That information will be posted with each listing.

To join the Craft Village virtually and get a glimpse of what is happening in real life, the artisans are making, demonstrating, and selling their works in their shops in the Craft Village Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through November 7, 2020.

Featured image: Arkansas State Parks

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