Jason (Eureka Springs, AR) has been a percussionist for over 30 years and is the owner of New World Drums. He has apprenticed with master drum builder Doug Powell beginning in 2017, and has assisted Doug in several drum-making classes at ESSA.
Joe (Strafford, MO) started welding and working with metal at age 13, and found a way to turn his industrial experience into an art form. He has been represented by art galleries throughout Missouri and has sculptures in municipal shows in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.
John (Battlefield, MO) has been a professional woodcarver and watercolorist for over thirty years. He operates the John Engler and Associates Design Studio. John has taught in 18 states and judged over 50 woodcarving shows across the country.
John (Cane Ridge (Nashville), TN) is known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, and has been featured in many major turning exhibitions in the past thirty years. His work has received numerous awards, and is in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the American Craft Museum in New York City, the White House in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. John has taught 100’s of classes at most of the major craft schools, and schools and turning groups throughout the US and ten countries.
Julie Hop (Rogers, AR) earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Columbia College, Chicago. She has been a muralist and has participated in exhibits in Chicago, New Orleans and Eureka Springs. Julie has designed and implemented art classes for children, teens and adults and has experience as a public school teacher. She is currently Program Coordinator at ESSA.
Kate (Lexington, KY) is a self-taught fiber artist. 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 on sites like BuzzFeed, Bored Panda, ThinkGeek, Geekology, and Fashionably Geek.
Kathryn (Wanchese, NC) is a jeweler residing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is an Associate Professor and head of the Jewelry program at College of The Albemarle. She received her MFA in jewelry design from East Carolina University.