EUREKA SPRINGS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.
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.
Dennis (Hete) Heter
Dennis (Rogers, AR) and his wife (and two dogs) live in the War Eagle area in a log home located on 40 acres of woods. He has a small stained glass business, Wizard Stained Glass, which he operates from his home.
Laura (Des Moines, IA) has an interest in many different art forms, and has taught classes at her coffee shop and art studio – Two Sisters and Me. Laura loves to encourage and challenge her students to use their imaginations and open their minds to the endless possibilities papier mache offers.
Alice (West Fork, AR) earned her BS from the University of Minnesota in Applied Design with a minor in Tailoring and Clothing Construction. She has taught both children and adults for over 20 years, has served on numerous judging panels and art committees, and has participated in many collaborative projects that have been shown around the US. Alice is also the owner and maker of Itty Bitty Boots, handmade cowboy boots for babies, which are the official baby gift of BMI records in Nashville.
Emily (Tulsa, OK) is a paper artist working in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her sewn paper garments and layered cut paper scenes explore ideas about identity, memory and myth. She is a 2013 Windgate Fellow and is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow.
Doug Stowe (Eureka Springs, AR) is the author of 10 books and over 75 articles on woodworking publications, including Fine Woodworking, Woodwork and American Woodworker. Doug has spent 40 years as a professional woodworker and is one of the founders of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2009, Doug was named an Arkansas Living Treasure by the Arkansas Department of Heritage.
Jane Wells Harrison
Jane (Lenoir, NC) is an artist working primarily with paint media, often encaustic and collage. She holds a MFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University. She has taught in several art schools including Pocosin Arts, Columbia, NC, Turchin Center for the Arts, Boone, NC, and Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
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.
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.
Eli (Eureka Springs, AR) is a self-taught, award-winning, and highly published photographer with over 25 years of experience. He is a regular presenter and judge for camera clubs and art groups and offers workshops at Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of The Gods, and the Ozarks Natural Science Center. He is a certified workshop facilitator and makes his workshops engaging, interactive, and fun.