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.
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.
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.
Nan (Sparta, TN) earned a BA in art education from Pasadena College in 1970 and an MLAS from Vanderbilt in 2000. She taught high school art in public schools, and worked as Director of Education for the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center and Botanical Gardens. Nan is a full-time studio artist, and exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Guild, Foothills Guild and Piedmont Guild with work in galleries throughout the Southeast.
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.
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.
Kip (Rogers, AR) has been turning for over 30 years, currently making small to moderate scale vessels from domestic woods. He is a co-founder of the Stateline Woodturners and has taught at ESSA and the Arkansas Craft School.
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.
Caitlin (Eureka Springs, AR) started with the written word and dove into the world of visual art with a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA . Originally from Southern Maryland, her background ranges from photography, printmaking and illustration to fine metals.
Victoria (Arvada, CO) Combining the old Renaissance art of blacksmithing with today’s tools and welding technology has been Victoria’s ultimate union in making steel sculpture for the past 20 years. Her focus has been on creating public art sculptures that can be found in municipalities and parks nationally.
Cynthia (Dardanelle, AR) was educated at Arkansas Tech University, National Park Community College. Cynthia has conducted workshops with national artists on NBC and CBS, and was a guest instructor on international cruise lines. She has been an Arkansas Arts on Tour artist since 2003 and was 2016 Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park. She received several awards at the Steelville, MO Plein Air Event.