Art, Theater and Ideas at The Excelsior

November 3rd, 2009 - In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass, Projects
Excelsior

Art, Theater and Ideas at The Excelsior published November 3, 2009 by Lisa Grigsby The Excelsior Building was all set to become the latest in luxury loft living- then the market crashed…. And like so often happens, artists helped transform the space into a new reality.  For the past year or so artist/entrepreneur Mike Elsass has been leading the […]

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Tonight for First Friday: a new gallery opening

September 4th, 2009 - Galleries, Gallery Events, In the News, Mike Elsass
summerspace

Tonight for First Friday: a new gallery opening by Ron Rollins for Dayton Daily News, September 4, 2009 There wasn’t supposed to be an art gallery in the Excelsior Building. There weren’t supposed to be several large, cheerfully weird installation pieces on display there. For that matter, there wasn’t supposed to be a busy studio […]

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Summer Space Dayton

August 19th, 2009 - Local Artists, Mike Elsass, Projects
Summer Space

The Excelsior building, where the Summer Space program is rooted, attracted many creative individuals and groups during Summer 2009. Blue Sky left the building with phenomenal creative energy, as well as a new and improved look. Mike Elsass, the founder of the Summer Space program made the decision to capitalize on the space and energy […]

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Arts culture holding off area talent drain

June 24th, 2009 - In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass
amanda baker

Arts culture holding off area talent drain: Summer Space meant to be place where artists blossom by Terry Morris The brain drain isn’t taking away all of Ohio’s top students. Ben Norton and Amanda Baker, both 22 and May 2009 graduates of the University of Dayton who came from bigger cities, are launching careers as […]

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Summer Space: Artists take over vacant building in Oregon Arts District

June 10th, 2009 - In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass, Projects
Ben Norton Summer Space

Artists take over vacant building in Oregon Arts District: Excelsior building being transformed into Summer Space, home to numerous arts projects Dayton – June 10, 2009 (courtesy of Downtown Dayton Partnership) The Excelsior building on East Sixth Street might be vacant, but there’s a lot of activity going on inside. Artist Mike Elsass, owner of […]

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SMAG tries some new brush strokes

May 21st, 2009 - In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass, Projects
painting on steel

SMAG Tries Some New Brush Strokes by Terry Morris May 21, 2009 Dayton Daily News Sunday afternoon in the park with SMAG? The contemporary fusion dance collective that goes by that name will incorporate painting, music, fashion design and improvisation into its spring concerts Sunday, May 24, inside the Dayton Playhouse. The program will include […]

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State arts awards go to Willis ‘Bing’ Davis and Cityfolk; awards painted by local artist

March 29th, 2009 - In the News, Local Artists

State arts awards go to Willis “Bing” Davis and Cityfolk; awards painted by local artist by Terry Morris for Dayton Daily News, March 29, 2009 It’s Dayton’s year to shine during the annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Living legend Willis “Bing” Davis and folk arts presenter Cityfolk will be among nine individuals and organizations […]

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The new Oregon Arts District

March 22nd, 2008 - In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass
oregon district

The new Oregon Arts District by Ron Rollins for Dayton Daily News It was clearly the fun place to be. No, not the Dublin Pub on St. Patty’s Day, though that was plenty fun, too. I’m talking about Friday, March 14, in the Oregon District. Or, as it’s trying to rebrand itself, the new Oregon […]

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Masters in Metal: Artists steel themselves for heavy lifting

June 1st, 2007 - Gallery Events, In the News, Local Artists, Mike Elsass
cannery

Masters in Metal: Artists Steel Themselves for Heavy Lifting by Pamela Dillon, June 1, 2007 for the Dayton Daily News When the Cannery Art & Design Center prepared for its current show, some heavy lifting was required – literally. The group of artists celebrated in this exhibit prefer steel and other metals as their medium. […]

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