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.
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.
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.
Richard (Hot Springs, AR) graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. During the past 17 years he has been teaching watercolor workshops around the country. Stephens has been awarded the 2018 Arkansas Governors Arts Award for an Individual Artist.
Eli (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught, award-winning, and highly published photographer with over 25 years of experience. He is a regular presenter and judge for camera clubs and art groups and offers workshops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of The Gods, and the Ozarks Natural Science Center. He is a certified workshop facilitator and makes his workshops engaging, interactive, and fun.
Dennis (Hete) Heter
Dennis (Rogers, AR) and his wife (and two dogs) live in the War Eagle area in a log home located on 40 acres of woods. He has a small stained glass business, Wizard Stained Glass, which he operates from his home.
Judy-Lee (Eureka Springs, AR) has a degree in commercial art with post graduate work in metalsmithing. For over 30 years her work has been in national shows and exhibits including Tiffany’s in New York and in the White House.
Abraham (Sparta, TN) has been forging functional and art objects since 2006. He holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft where he has taught various workshops. He has exhibited his work throughout the country and has been running Pardee Metal LLC, full-time since 2016.