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.
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.
Bert (Bentonville, AR) started his interest in blacksmithing while attending the grand opening of ESSAâ€™s blacksmithing studio in 2014. He now has his own forging shop, The Smithinâ€™ Jones Backyard Blacksmith Company, and is an active member of The Blacksmithing Organization of Arkansas. Bert joined ESSAâ€˜s Board of Directors in 2016. He also owns Gaskinâ€™s Cabin Steakhouse in the Eureka Springs area.
Judy (Piqua, OH) has been turning wood full time since 1985, and has taught classes across the US and Canada for nearly thirty years. She has written two books and many articles on woodturning.
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.
Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. He has taught workshops around the world and maintains an active teaching studio.
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.
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.
Gary (Birmingham, AL) is a Professor of Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, has had over 60 solo exhibitions and 12 of his paintings are in 10 different museum collections.
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.