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|
Nan (Sparta, TN) earned a BA in art education from Pasadena College in 1970 and an MLAS from Vanderbilt in 2000. She taught high school art in public schools, and worked as Director of Education for the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center and Botanical Gardens. Nan is a full-time studio artist, and exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Guild, Foothills Guild and Piedmont Guild with work in galleries throughout the Southeast.
Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 10 years ago with a class at a local university. He has always enjoyed bringing new knowledge to those that are searching for it and mixes fun with information.
Preston (Eureka Springs, AR) has many years of experience in all types of welding, having set up and run his own welding business, as well as a welding shop in Kansas City area for a large manufacturing facility.
Marlene (Hot Springs Village, AR) has been an artist for 35 years. She creates in oil, pastel, watercolor, collage, glass and jewelry. She enjoys experimenting and says, “It sort of reminds me of being a child at play. I just enjoy having fun along with it being therapeutic for me.
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.
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.
Lorie (Tulsa, OK) earned a BFA in Painting and worked in Graphic Design before leaving the corporate world to focus on art. She began metalsmithing in 2007 and has perfected her skills with teachers around the United States and Italy.
Doug Stowe (Eureka Springs, AR) is the author of 10 books and over 75 articles on woodworking publications, including Fine Woodworking, Woodwork and American Woodworker. Doug has spent 40 years as a professional woodworker and is one of the founders of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2009, Doug was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
Spencer Meagher (Mt. Vernon, IL) is a plein air and studio painter whose subjects focus on our contemporary world. Spencer has won awards in many regional and national shows and he was a recently featured artist in Plein Air Magazine.
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.