EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
This year, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts celebrates 20 years! When ESSA began in 1998, we were a school without walls, with passionate local artists offering up their studios to support workshops. A few years later, ESSA moved into a small campus with one building and an acre of land. Today, ESSA has grown into a 55-acre campus with seven teaching studios located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.
In the belief that art is vital to the human spirit, we are committed to cultivating, promoting and encouraging artistic expression by providing art education opportunities in a unique environment of beauty and creativity.
Kate Koprowski (Lexington KY) is a self-taught fiber artist with a background in education. She has taught felting workshops locally in Kentucky and is a member in good standing of the Berea Arts Guild of KY. Her work has been featured many times on-line by sites like Bored Panda, ThinkGeek, Geekology, Fashionably Geek and others.
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Dennis (Rogers, AR) and his wife (and two dogs) live in the War Eagle area in a log home located on 40 acres of woods. He has a small stained glass business, Wizard Stained Glass, which he operates from his home.
Wayne (Hot Springs, AR) has been a self-taught sculptor since 1970. His steel sculpture is often functional – tables, stools, and chairs; but he truly enjoys creating unique “people” and larger works that are inspired by music. Wayne’s work can be seen at the Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center, Hard Rock Café in Miami, and the Hot Springs Sculpture Garden. He has also been featured in “Southern Artist” and “Active Years” magazines.
Caitlin (Eureka Springs, AR) started with the written word and dove into the world of visual art with a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA . Originally from Southern Maryland, her background ranges from photography, printmaking and illustration to fine metals.
Donna (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught sculptor in a variety of mediums – sand and snow, sugar and clay. She has taught art at Clear Spring School in Eureka Springs and is a popular past instructor at ESSA. Donna has helped others express their creativity through many mediums, clay being a favorite.
Cynthia (Dardanelle, AR) was educated at Arkansas Tech University, National Park Community College. Cynthia has conducted workshops with national artists on NBC and CBS, and was a guest instructor on international cruise lines. She has been an Arkansas Arts on Tour artist since 2003 and was 2016 Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park. She received several awards at the Steelville, MO Plein Air Event.
Maureen Alexander (Eureka Springs, Arkansas). Maureen has called Eureka Springs home for over 10 years and has been creating stained glassworks for over 30 years. She explains that mosaics give her the freedom to create the images in her mind easier than traditional stained glass.
Bert (Bentonville, AR) started his interest in blacksmithing while attending the grand opening of ESSAâ€™s blacksmithing studio in 2014. He now has his own forging shop, The Smithinâ€™ Jones Backyard Blacksmith Company, and is an active member of The Blacksmithing Organization of Arkansas. Bert joined ESSAâ€˜s Board of Directors in 2016. He also owns Gaskinâ€™s Cabin Steakhouse in the Eureka Springs area.
Sarah (Deer Isle, ME) creates jewelry for galleries and private clients and teaches workshops around the country including Penland, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont, Metalwerx and Idyllwild. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Arkansas Art Center. The bulk of her time is devoted to teaching art at two rural Maine elementary schools.