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.
Alice (West Fork, AR) earned her BS from the University of Minnesota in Applied Design with a minor in Tailoring and Clothing Construction. She has taught both children and adults for over 20 years, has served on numerous judging panels and art committees, and has participated in many collaborative projects that have been shown around the US. Alice is also the owner and maker of Itty Bitty Boots, handmade cowboy boots for babies, which are the official baby gift of BMI records in Nashville.
Alicia (Springfield, MO) has been included and recognized in numerous national and international exhibits. She recently received signature status in the prestigious National Watercolor Society, based in Los Angeles, CA. She was commissioned to create nine large acrylic paintings for the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C.
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.
Amy (Fayetteville, AR) has a studio located at Art Ventures in downtown Fayetteville and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BA in Computer Science and Art with an emphasis in oil painting and drawing.
Barbara Kennedy (Eureka Springs, AR) began her journey as an artist at an early age when it was quickly noted by an elementary school teacher that she had an unusual sense of color. Vibrant color is still the focus in her detailed paintings and drawings of people and nature. Her primary mediums are oil and acrylic paints but she also uses graphite and colored pencil in her work. Kennedy is included in The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2017-2018 Artist Registry and recently received Best of Show in the 2nd Annual Arkansas Art Teacher Exhibition in Little Rock, AR.
Bert (Bentonville, AR) started his interest in blacksmithing while attending the grand opening of ESSA’s blacksmithing studio in 2014. He now has his own forging shop, The Smithin’ Jones Backyard Blacksmith Company, and is an active member of The Blacksmithing Organization of Arkansas. Bert joined ESSA’s Board of Directors in 2016. He also owns Gaskin’s Cabin Steakhouse in the Eureka Springs area.
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.
Bill Payne (Broken Arrow, OK) has been an active woodcarver since 1974. He has taken woodcarving instructions from noted woodcarvers such as Harold Enlow, Desiree Hajny, John Engler, and Rex Branson.