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|
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.
Doug (Eureka Springs, AR) has been working with his hands, in various different media, his whole life. He began building drums in 1992 and has taught many people over the years to build their own drum. He is passionate about sharing his skills with others. Those skills are wood working, glass bead-making, kayak building and pottery.
Les Brandt (Huntsville, Arkansas) has studied with many national turners, Trent Bosch,
Christophe Nancey, Mike Jackofsky and others. He uses the knowledge and inspiration
gained from many classes and symposiums to create his body of work to educate others.
Bruce Wright (Eureka Springs, AR) has worked as a stonemason for decades, including 12 years with the National Park Service as a Historic Preservation Mason, working on National Treasures and Monuments. Bruce followed his curiosity about stone sculpture, becoming self-taught by studying the masters of old. Bruce’s passion is stone carving and sculpture, and he shares his talents and experience with others so that students may seek the therapeutic art of passion found in the environment and nature.
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.
Michelle (San Antonio, TX) is a designer, photojournalist, and TV personality who has been called an “Art Ambassador” in SURFACE Magazine. She is co-author of the award-winning book, Hand Painting Fabrics: Easy Elegant Techniques.
Cheri (Elkins, AR) grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA, and moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999. Cheri has been working with stained glass since 1994, and combining glass with tree roots since 2001. Cheri has displayer her work in the Art Expo’s in New York and Las Vegas, the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, and in Chicago, Texas, and Arkansas.
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.
Emily (Tulsa, OK) is a paper artist working in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her sewn paper garments and layered cut paper scenes explore ideas about identity, memory and myth. She is a 2013 Windgate Fellow and is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow.