Carol Fountain Nix


Carol Fountain Nix (Raleigh, NC) is an Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, Professor/Instructor, and Calligrapher/Artist/Designer. Carol’s career has encompassed many different areas of art and design. As a business owner of a brand/interactive firm, NIXdesign, for over 20 years, Carol has worked with a diverse range of clients. She has received many national design awards and has been published in many design magazines and publications.

Cynthia Schanink

Painting & Drawing

Cynthia (Dardanelle, AR) was educated at Arkansas Tech University, National Park Community College. Cynthia has conducted workshops with national artists on NBC and CBS, and was a guest instructor on international cruise lines. She has been an Arkansas Arts on Tour artist since 2003 and was 2016 Artist in Residence at Hot Springs National Park. She received several awards at the Steelville, MO Plein Air Event.

Dale Custer


Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 14 years ago. He is a past president of the Blacksmiths Organization of Arkansas (BOA). Dale has always enjoyed introducing others to new skills and techniques. Dale likes to mix fun, knowledge, and blacksmithing work.

Dana Finimore

Small Metals

Dana (Senatobia, MS) earned a BFA and MFA at Memphis College of Art. She is currently a Professor of Art at NWCC and a Teaching Artist at Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild, Arkansas Craft School, and Art Place Mississippi. Dana has enjoyed a diverse career path as a visual artist. Her work as an artist includes printmaking, painting, clay, and small metals.

Daren Fitzpatrick


Daren (Highlandville, MO) a southwest Missouri native, has nearly 30 years of welding/fabrication experience. His blacksmithing work began as a hobby, then took prominence when he began doing architectural ironwork on commission. Daren combines his fabrication skill set with traditional blacksmithing techniques to create unique functional and sculptural pieces.

Darla Gray-Winter


Darla (Eureka Springs, AR) has a background in luthiery and her interest in woodturning came naturally through her work as ESSA’s Iron and Wood Studio Coordinator. She began using carbide turning tools and soon became proficient at turning pens, handles, bowls, etc. These tools taught her about woodturning by safely making smaller gift projects that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Dave Phillips

About Dave Phillips Dave (Eureka Springs, AR) began his career in art 23 years ago by producing art shows for [...]

Dawn Ward

Dawn (Holiday Island, AR) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines photography, printmaking, painting, encaustic, sculpture and found objects.  She received her Ph.D. in Arts Education and a MA in Printmaking from New York University and has been a university art professor for the past 20 years teaching art history, design and studio courses. Dawn has been the recipient of several grants for advanced study including a recent workshop on Digital Printmaking in Santa Fe, NM.

Dee Levang

Painting & Drawing

Dee (St. Louis, MO) is an abstract artist working in encaustic, cold wax and oil, and fiber. She studied graphic design at California Institute of the Arts, and has been teaching encaustic and fiber workshops since 2015.