Arizona – Mike Elsass Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mike Elsass still expanding exhibit space He has vision for special events. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:06:14 +0000 Mike Elsass still expanding exhibit space He has vision for special events by Pamela Dillion for the Dayton Daily News, October 26, 2013

Nationally known local artist Mike Elsass is very good at what he does. Not only as an artist but also as a manager of his art career. He’s been busy opening up new exhibit space at Front Street, and he has a new gallery in Centerville.

“The Color of Energy is repositioning. It’s still there, but we’re sharing space with Hicks’ Barber Shop and Spiced Paradise that has exotic spices from all over the world,” said Elsass. “They staff the Color of Energy when I’m not there, which is most of the time.”

He already had a 1,200 square foot studio space in the Front Street warehouse, but he doubled that area with a new space to show off his works.

“I’ve got my big painting space, but I always wanted to have a white box, an all-white room, where I could just sit and meditate and look at the art. This spot became open on Sept. 1, and I could not turn it down,” said Elsass. “We’ll have a variety of things here with music, church speakers and a furniture staging show one weekend.”

In the meantime, he is busy as ever working on commissions for local residents.

He recently finished two large-scale works for homes in Centerville and Oakwood.

“My work is evolving, where it’s much more organic with more of the original elements like the steel and the rust,” said Elsass. “The patterns of the pieces have a sense of a former life. We don’t know what that is, but there is a little mystique there.”

The newer works have a more weathered patina with soft, subtle colors that blend with the earth and the steel. He incorporated steel shavings and sand to add texture to one of his recent works.

The new site in Centerville is known as the Pop Up Gallery, at the corner of Spring Valley Pike and Ohio 48. It features his works and the art of Bob Rhoads, who lives in Sugarcreek Twp. and owns R.A. Rhoads Custom Homes and does contemporary etchings in wood.

“This gallery allows for more accessibility for people who live south of town,” said Rhoads, who is currently busy overseeing the construction of several houses. “I’ve had no time to work on my art, but I continue to sell from my inventory.”

The gallery also features the works of guest artists. Shon Walters is a Dayton artist who specializes in unique wood sculptures and wood furniture. His art was shown in the gallery this past spring, and he sold an Osage wood coffeetable with a walnut base. Diane Bowling, a West Carrollton artist who works in watercolor and acrylic, manages the gallery on the weekends.

According to Elsass, there are several events planned. Ginny Strausburg, president of the Centerville Arts Commission, will be at the Pop Up Gallery on Nov. 8 painting with members of the Centerville City Council. They will be working on a piece of art that will be auctioned on Feb. 9 at “Art at the Trace.”

He will also be showcasing his art at Centerville Home Fireplace & Patio on Nov. 10. He is opening up his new Front Street exhibit space for the U.D. Senior Art Show from Nov. 15-22. It is at 1001 E. Second St.

“The opening is the same day as ‘Fall Into the Arts’ from 6 to 9 that evening,” said Elsass. “They’ll open the Front Street artists’ studios with food trucks and live theater.”

If all this isn’t enough to keep Elsass busy, he still flies out to the Miraval Spa in Tucson, Ariz., during March, May and October. The spa showcases his art, and he holds “Brush Before the Brain” art classes with spa guests 40 days a year.

“It’s a tough gig. I have to paint with beautiful women from all over the world all day,” said Elsass.

Miraval Spa in the Robb Report! Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:58:08 +0000 Followers of Mike Elsass know he spends a lot of his time in Arizona throughout the year. The desert landscapes, fresh mountain air, and beautiful sunsets are an ideal place for an artist to muster up some inspiration. During many of his trips out west, Mike spends his days as an artist-in-residence at Miraval Spa in Tucson, AZ. Mike teaches workshops throughout the week and paints in the courtyard. Guests are invited to have a seat and get lost in the spirit of the moment. Mike is proud to be affiliated with this wonderful place, and they have been getting quite a lot of attention as of late. Most recently, Miraval Spa was named one of the world’s best spas by the Robb Report in their 25th anniversary magazine. Congratulations, Miraval!

The photo used for the magazine shows a small part of one of Mike’s large scale pieces made for the spa, named “Crosby.”. Take a look at the photos below, and click the link to the Robb Report’s article to read more about Miraval.

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Want to put more “ooohm” in your home? Browse Mike’s art to buy for a spa-inspired, contemporary piece.

Artist Intensive with Mike Elsass Fri, 31 May 2013 01:18:03 +0000

Do you enjoy painting with Mike Elsass? Perhaps you have dabbled in painting before, but don’t know what to do next.

Mike is now offering a 5 day intensive workshop with time available in both Arizona and Ohio.

Please contact us at OR for reservations

Feel free to click on the photo above for full details on the program!

We hope to see you soon!

A Great Year for Mike Elsass Sun, 05 May 2013 22:53:21 +0000 Mike Elsass has been a part of many great projects over the past year. 2012-2013 has been kind to him! From large scale works installed at Miraval Spa to seeing his work in beautiful homes around America, Mike is grateful for every opportunity. Enjoy the photos below of recent publications, local to national, that showcase Mike’s work in all kinds of exciting places! InteriorDesign InteriorDesign-1 InteriorDesign-2 InteriorDesign-3 InteriorDesign-4 NewbyGallery NewbyGallery-1 ArtofSouth ArtofSouth-1 AtHome AtHome01 AtHome-3

Mike’s Adventures Out West! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:28:11 +0000 While we are all recovering from winter storm Virgil and praying for spring to finally show up, Mike is painting in the hot Arizona sun!

Mike has been painting all over the great state of Arizona in the past few weeks. He began his venture painting with guests at the beautiful Hermosa Inn in Scottsdale. This was Mike’s first stay at Hermosa and he hopes to be back soon! He had a wonderful time painting with guests and staff.

After his weekend of painting classes in Scottsdale, Mike moseyed on down to Tucson where he is currently painting as artist-in-residence at Miraval Spa. This is not Mike’s first time at the resort. He has been artist-in-residence several times over the past copule years and is always happy to return to the beautiful grounds. Miraval Spa is a “luxury wellness resort dedicated to opening eyes, minds, and hearts.” Needless to say, Mike’s Brush Before the Brain philosophy is a welcomed mindset at the resort. Guests are encouraged to join Mike while he paints daily in the Arizona sun. Mike also teaches an advanced, Desert Palette class during his stay. Not only does Mike enjoy the bright, warm sun to paint in, but the Miraval spirit of mindfulness, or being present in the moment, is a mentality he strives to bring back to his studio in Dayton.

Mike will return to Dayton in a weeks time, mindful, tanned, relaxed and with plenty of new work!

Please enjoy some photos of Miraval Spa below. Try not to get too jealous of Mike!

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