Aaron (Fayetteville, AR) is a collage artist and visual arts teacher. She teaches art and design at The New School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Aaron is passionate about sharing the therapeutic and meditative states that collaging can bring to the mind and soul. In her own words, “I like to create detailed and inviting worlds that I would want to step into. I work in both the analog and digital realm, but creating collages by hand and using vintage ephemera truly fills my heart with joy.”
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.
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) is a full-time oil and acrylic artist who focuses on colorful figures, animals, and anything with eyes and a personality. Her background in dance performance, teaching and choreography has influenced her work to emphasize expressive color, movement and character and to appreciate the performance aspect of visual art. Amy’s love of teaching has brought her to instruct at multiple locations including ESSA, Crystal Bridges and now monthly sold out workshops in downtown Rogers. Amy has a studio at Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Fayetteville.
Anne (Pawlet, VT ) has been an independent studio artist for 17 years and has work included in numerous exhibitions, collections and publications. During 2018 work was included in three invitational international exhibitions, including Blaze in Taiwan. Anne is currently treasurer of The Enamelist Society, Pocosin Arts, and Enamel Guild North East.
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.
Bill (Memphis, TN) is a working artist/blacksmith, and professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. He earned a MA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art.