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.
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.
Jason (Van Buren, AR) is a self-taught artist who has worked in clay, woodcarving and stonecarving for over 30 years. Jason’s passion is in stone, and putting warmth and movement into something that is otherwise cold and hard.
Matt (Springfield, MO) operates a woodturning business full time, Monaco Bowls (www.monacobowls.com), and has 15 years of turning experience with 5 years of apprenticeship. His training includes assisting world renowned, acclaimed masters of the craft, such as Richard Raffan. Matt has demonstrated at events and shows nationwide and has taught both privately and at the college level.
Vic (St. Louis, MO) a professional artist for over thirty-five years, is co-owner of Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, Missouri. She founded the Gateway Pastel Artists in 1998, an affiliate of the International Association of Pastel Artists. Her work has received numerous awards and has been in museums and galleries.
Eleanor (Eureka Springs, Arkansas) is a studio artist using primarily weaving and beading techniques to create her sculptures and wall pieces. Her work is in the Arkansas Arts Center. She has taught in the United States, Mexico, and West Africa. You may see her work in 500 Beaded Objects and Masters of Bead Weaving.
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.
Victoria (Arvada, CO) combines the old renaissance art of blacksmithing with today’s tools and welding technology for an ultimate union in making steel sculptures that can be found in various Colorado city parks and Denver galleries.
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.
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.