EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.
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.
|Date: January 15, 22, 29, 2019 5:30-7:30 pm|
Victoria (Arvada, CO) Combining the old Renaissance art of blacksmithing with today’s tools and welding technology has been Victoria’s ultimate union in making steel sculpture for the past 20 years. Her focus has been on creating public art sculptures that can be found in municipalities and parks nationally.
Bill (Memphis, TN) is a working artist/blacksmith, and professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. He earned a MA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art.
Scott (Loveland, CO) has been in the metal working business full time since 1990. He has been leading workshops and classes and working with students on a 1 to 1 basis in his blacksmith shop for the last 12 years.
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.
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.
Janalee (Eureka Springs, AR) utilizes the female narrative to express aspects of our earthly and spiritual journeys. Janalee received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Kansas. Her work has been collected nationally and internationally. Janalee also co-owns the Sacred Earth Gallery, next door to ESSA.
Alice (West Fork, AR) earned her BS from the University of Minnesota in Applied Design with a minor in Tailoring and Clothing Construction. She has taught both children and adults for over 20 years, has served on numerous judging panels and art committees, and has participated in many collaborative projects that have been shown around the US. Alice is also the owner and maker of Itty Bitty Boots, handmade cowboy boots for babies, which are the official baby gift of BMI records in Nashville.