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.
Nyle (Ethel, MO) holds a BFA in drawing & painting from University of Central Missouri. Residing in Ethel, Missouri, he divides his time between studio and plein air painting, as well as teaching. Nyle’s work has garnered several awards in both regional and national competitions.
Bob Patrick and Doug Stowe
Bob (Everton, AR) is a nationally known blacksmith with professional experience since 1967. He has taught and demonstrated at regional and national conferences all over North America, and established the Big Anvil Forge School of Blacksmithing. Bob is also a founding member of the Blacksmith Association
Doug (Eureka Springs, AR) is the author of 13 books and over 90 articles in 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 Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2009, Doug was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
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.
Judy (Piqua, OH) has been turning wood full time since 1985, and has taught classes across the US and Canada for nearly thirty years. She has written two books and many articles on woodturning.
David (Eureka Springs, AR) has been making scroll saw ornaments since the mid-1970’s. His medium is ¼ inch thick primarily hardwood stock of walnut, cherry and maple. His themes range from holiday to native animals, and whimsical to lifelike. Recently, he has been exploring Victorian tabletop picture frames.
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.
Mary (Everton, MO) enjoys many forms of art – from Indian beadwork, to basketry, to spinning and weaving rugs and mosaic glass work. She has decorated her home with full walls of mosaic glass.
Billy (Jenkins MO) is a second-generation white oak basket maker from the Ozark hills of southwest Missouri. Billy teaches the Ozark traditions of white oak basket making in conventions and workshops all over the country.
Alicia (Springfield, MO) has been included and recognized in numerous national and international exhibits. She recently received signature status in the prestigious National Watercolor Society, based in Los Angeles, CA. She was commissioned to create nine large acrylic paintings for the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.