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: October 11-13, 2019|
Kate Koprowski (Lexington KY) is a self-taught fiber artist with a background in education. She has taught felting workshops locally in Kentucky and is a member in good standing of the Berea Arts Guild of KY. Her work has been featured many times on-line by sites like Bored Panda, ThinkGeek, Geekology, Fashionably Geek and others.
Tonya (Ocean Grove, NJ) is a painter focused on methods that stifle impulse, embrace boredom, and forces self-awareness. Lee has exhibited her work throughout the U.S. and has an extensive background in higher and adult education at Penland School of Crafts and other institutions. A native of Florida, she was raised on the salt of the Atlantic foam by a shark’s tooth hunter and a mythmaker.
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.
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.
Matthew (Wolcott, CT), ABS Journeyman smith and Forged in Fire Champion, has been a full-time smith since 1998 specializing in historical blades and culinary knives. He has won several awards for his knives, has written for Knife Magazine and had his work featured in many publications. Matthew has taught bladesmithing throughout the US since 2007 and is a partner in Falling Hammer productions and its subsidiary Dragons Breath Forge.
Sally (Broadview Heights, OH) is a retired secondary and college art instructor. She currently teaches painting and drawing at a regional art center in Ohio. She is a signature member of numerous art organizations including the Ohio Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Whiskey Painters of America, among others, and has had several solo exhibitions and won many awards for her paintings.
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.
Chelsie (Nixa, MO) is a graphite artist who received her BA in Art Education from Lubbock Christian University. For the past 15 years, she has been creating, teaching, and promoting the arts. Chelsie’s work focuses on relationships, removing the noise, and finding the timeless beauty of a moment.
Doug (Eureka Springs, AR) has been working with his hands, in various different media, his whole life. He began building drums in 1992 and has taught many people over the years to build their own drum. He is passionate about sharing his skills with others. Those skills are wood working, glass bead-making, kayak building and pottery.