ESSA to host Arkansas Living Treasure Documentary screening

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Eureka Springs School of the Arts, in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council and the Historic Arkansas Museum, announces the screening of a series of documentary films about three Arkansas Living Treasure Artists from Eureka Springs: Eleanor Lux, Doug Stowe and Larry Williams.

The screening will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Iron and Wood Studio Complex at ESSA, with a question-and-answer session following the film. The Arkansas Arts Council and Historic Arkansas Museum, both agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, have produced a series of short films that intimately follow the lives of artists who are recipients of the Arkansas Living Treasure Award, which is awarded to those who excel in the practice of a traditional craft and actively preserve their craft through educating others.

The screening will open with the debut of a film about Eleanor Lux, a fiber artist who owns Lux Weaving Studio, a cornerstone of the arts community in Eureka. Co-founder of ESSA, Lux has worked as a weaver since the 1970s, breathing new life into the vintage spinning wheels and looms that adorn her downtown studio.

After Luxs film is a documentary about woodworker Doug Stowe, another co-founder of ESSA who uses all Arkansas wood in his shop where hes made custom furniture and decorative boxes for more than 30 years. Stowe has become an international advocate for hands-on learning for children and adults.

The third documentary subject, also working in Eureka Springs, is Larry Williams, who has revived the 18th century wood plane making, a cottage industry that was lost to mass production of the 19th century. With business partner Don McConnell, Larry Williams makes wooden planes much in the same vein as English craftsmen of bygone days.

Eureka Springs hosts more Arkansas Living Treasure Award recipients than any other region in Arkansas, and the Eureka Springs School of the Arts plays an integral part in preserving and conveying their legacies by providing a hub for creative endeavor by artists and craftspeople.

Space for the event is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP to maureen@essa-art.org or by calling ESSA at 479-253-5384. To learn more about classes and events at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, visit the website at www.essa-art.org.

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