Gary (Fayetteville, AR) is a self-taught artist who now teaches classes and workshops. Gary is a signature artist in the South Carolina Watermedia Society and the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. Current Exhibitions: Watercolor USA, Arkansas Territorial, and the Celebration of Art in Fayetteville.
Harold (Marble Falls, AR) became interested in carving quite young and became serious about carving when he was stationed with the US Army, in Okinawa. Harold began carving professionally in the early 1960’s and is considered the “Godfather” of caricature carving in the United States. Harold has given much of his life to promoting the art of caricature carving, sharing his skills and love with thousands of students. Harold has written ten wood carving books and is a founding member of Caricature Carvers of America and a member of the National Wood Carvers’ Association, and several other carving groups around the country.
James (Eureka Springs, AR) has taught painting and drawing workshops to neighborhood groups and at ESSA, and has years of experience in providing training and instruction in business, science and computer software programs.
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.
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.