EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.
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.
Barbara Kennedy (Eureka Springs, Arkansas) is self-taught artist and comes from an artistic family. Early on Barbara learned to experiment with color, materials and new ideas. She prefers painting in oils because of their rich colors and ease of blending, but she also uses acrylic paints and colored pencils in her work.
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.
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.
Laura (Des Moines, IA) has an interest in many different art forms, and has taught classes at her coffee shop and art studio – Two Sisters and Me. Laura loves to encourage and challenge her students to use their imaginations and open their minds to the endless possibilities papier mache offers.
Mary (Eureka Springs, AR) is a sculptor and painter with a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and is one of the founders of Eureka Springs School of the Arts. She has taught and attended many workshops in different artistic disciplines and spiritual philosophies with master practitioners from India to France. Mary took a Master Class with internationally known figure painter Philip Pearlstein at the Corcoran, in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Ré Robbins
Cynthia (Eureka Springs, AR) has been painting professionally for 45 years. She has a BFA degree majoring in painting. She continued her studies in Europe with the Fantastic Realism painters. Her work has been published in books, magazines, CDs, and divination cards.