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.
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: March 28-May 2, 2019|
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.
Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 10 years ago with a class at a local university. He has always enjoyed bringing new knowledge to those that are searching for it and mixes fun with information.
Sarah (Deer Isle, ME) creates jewelry for galleries and private clients and teaches workshops around the country including Penland, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont, Metalwerx and Idyllwild. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Arkansas Art Center. The bulk of her time is devoted to teaching art at two rural Maine elementary schools.
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.
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.
William (Tulsa, OK) is a metalsmith creating pewter sculptural works as well as silver jewelry. He states, “To work in pewter is to rediscover and reshape traditional techniques for use in making artistic statements which are contemporary and alive.” William has taught at Tulsa Community College for 45 years and at Ghost Ranch (NM) for over 30 years.
Tim (Greenville, NC) is a Professor in the Metals Design program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Tim shows his jewelry, silversmithing and furniture in both national and international exhibits.
Fran (Eureka Springs, AR) earned her BSE in Art Education at the University of Arkansas. It wasn’t until years later that her passion for mosaics emerged while working under noted artist James Hubbell in San Diego. Since then she has continued her mosaic studies in Ravenna and Venice, Italy.