Eli (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught, award-winning, and highly published photographer with over 25 years of experience. He is a regular presenter and judge for camera clubs and art groups and offers workshops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of The Gods, and the Ozarks Natural Science Center. He is a certified workshop facilitator and makes his workshops engaging, interactive, and fun.
Richard (Hot Springs, AR) graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. During the past 17 years he has been teaching watercolor workshops around the country. Stephens has been awarded the 2018 Arkansas Governors Arts Award for an Individual Artist.
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.
Lisa (Guthrie, OK) is a cowboy boot maker in Oklahoma. She writes, speaks, and teaches to promote cowboy boot making and working with fine leather. She is the author of “The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay” Schiffer Publishing 2016.
Edward (Eureka Springs, AR) is a professional photographer utilizing cutting edge techniques to capture the spirit of the Midwest landscape. Edward’s work has been featured in numerous publications and in 12 coffee table books. Clients include Bass Pro Shops, Sierra Club, and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. He also owns the Sacred Earth Gallery next door to ESSA!
John Bozeman, from (Mena, AR) has been a fabricator of gold and silver since 1974 and a stone cutter since 1981. He is also a luthier specializing in mountain dulcimers and works in astrophotography.
Sally (Bella Vista, AR) teaches felting classes in both Arkansas and Texas. She is a local fiber artist who uses a combination of spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and embroidery in the creation of her works of felted art.
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.
Dana (Senatobia, MS) holds a BFA in painting and an MFA in studio art from Memphis College of Art. She spent her early years roaming the creek banks and meadows of north central Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains finding clarity of spirit outdoors. Her work is a visual response to her time spent outdoors.
Abraham (Sparta, TN) has been forging functional and art objects since 2006. He holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft where he has taught various workshops. He has exhibited his work throughout the country and has been running Pardee Metal LLC, full-time since 2016.