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: September 25-26, 2018 Tuesday & Wednesday|
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.
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.
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.
Allen (Lowell, AR) is a Journeyman Smith with the American Bladesmith Society and Arkansas’s first Forged in Fire Champion. He enjoys working with steel to create pieces that are aesthetically pleasing yet are quite functional.
Dan (Eureka Springs, AR) is a multi-talented artist with a background in watercolor, charcoal, paper mache and metal sculpture. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, Dan has attended six different art colleges over his career, including the San Francisco Art Institute and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Dan has his BFA in Metal Arts from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA.
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.
Misty (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) is a celebrated artist and educator. She has been widely published and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Teaching and residencies: Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Vermont Studio Center, CRETA Rome, SACI Florence, and Studio Nong International Sculpture Collective.
Jane Wells Harrison
Jane (Lenoir, NC) is an artist working primarily with paint media, often encaustic and collage. She holds a MFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University. She has taught in several art schools including Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC, Turchin Center for the Arts, Boone, NC, and Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
Beth (St. Petersburg, FL) is a Woodturner/Sculptor who draws upon a lifetime of professional, traditional woodturning/woodworking skills to explore sculpture,
architecture and relational aesthetics. Her belief in the power of the object drives her work, exploring the idea of memory locked in objects, and the creation of object as a visible symbol of memory. Working alone and collaboratively she delves into the anthropological meaning of making in our modern lives.
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.