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.
This year, the Eureka Springs School of the Arts celebrates 20 years! 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.
Barbara Kennedy (Eureka Springs, AR) began her journey as an artist at an early age when it was quickly noted by an elementary school teacher that she had an unusual sense of color. Vibrant color is still the focus in her detailed paintings and drawings of people and nature. Her primary mediums are oil and acrylic paints but she also uses graphite and colored pencil in her work. Kennedy is included in The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts 2017-2018 Artist Registry and recently received Best of Show in the 2nd Annual Arkansas Art Teacher Exhibition in Little Rock, AR.
Dale (Roland, AR) began blacksmithing 10 years ago with a class at a local university. He has always enjoyed bringing new knowledge to those that are searching for it and mixes fun with information.
Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. He has taught workshops around the world and maintains an active teaching studio.
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.
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.
Vic (St. Louis, MO) a professional artist for over thirty-five years, is co-owner of Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, Missouri. She founded the Gateway Pastel Artists in 1998, an affiliate of the International Association of Pastel Artists. Her work has received numerous awards and has been in museums and galleries.
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.
Bob Patrick is a nationally known blacksmith with professional experience since 1967. He has taught and demonstrated at regional and national conferences all over North America.