Artisans/Demonstrators 2023

Many of the material arts and crafts originated for entirely utilitarian reasons and were essential for meeting the basic needs of Ozarks residents in past generations.  As a result of changes in the region’s economy, especially the increased availability of manufactured goods since the mid-twentieth century, such arts and crafts are no longer practical necessities, but many talented artisans and craftspeople in the Ozarks continue to practice them both as outlets for their creativity and as means of celebrating the region’s rich cultural heritage.

In many cases, these crafts and art forms have incorporated more aesthetic elements as they have evolved over time, and artistry now takes precedence over functionality in the work of many of their practitioners, though this is certainly not always the case.

Some of the artisans and craftspeople who participate in the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival practice their arts and crafts as living traditions, and their work reflects ongoing developments within those traditions, including, in some cases, their own innovations.  Other participants in the festival are historical re-enactors who strive to practice their arts and crafts as they were practiced generations ago.  Some have products available for purchase; all of them encourage festival goers to observe their work and learn about it.

Artisans/Demonstrators Participating in the 2023 Festival are:

Civic Center Mezzanine

Quilting display – Cindy McLean

Treadle Sewing Machine – Judy Jo Protiva

Bed Turning – showing quilts under quilts as “was the custom”

Magnolia Room

Dr. Jim Price – Woodworking Tools of the Ozarks

Speakers each day from noon till 5PM

West Civic Center Lawn Artisan Area

Don Reed – Booger County Flintknappers

Country Heritage Spinners and Weavers

M. W. Davis & Company – Vintage, Classic (pre-WWII) Guitars

Dominion Ozarks – Artist retreat and hand-crafted items

The Dulcimer Shoppe – Dulcimers

Elohi Spirit Gourds – Gourd Art plus hands-on project

Ellen Hones Pottery – hand-made pottery

David Jerome – Author Bill Virdon: A Life in Baseball

Ozark Pipes – wooden and antler smoking pipes

Diane Phillips – Basket maker

David Poedy – Scroll Saw Art

Quiet Lady Ent. – Native American Beadwork

Margo Wendt – hand spinning

Civic Center Lobby

West Plains Model Railroad Display

Haas-Darr Hall on the MSU-WP Campus

South Central Missouri Kennel Club Demo

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