Dayton Community – 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.

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!

Hilton Hotel Update! Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:14:29 +0000 A few weeks ago we announced that Mike Elsass would be one of the artists featured in the new Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus. Last night was the artist reception and we were blown away by Mike’s display at the hotel. Mike has a 56 piece grid of 7×7 inch paintings. The large scale grid makes quite a statement to passersby on their beautiful white wall! The Hilton not only published a book about the art, but has also provided viewers with a web site to read more about the artists involved in the project. You can view the Hilton artists web site HERE and browse the talent that is showcased at the hotel.

Please enjoy the photos below of Mike’s process as well as his display at the Hilton. You can read more about the project in our previous post HERE.

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Popping UP! This time in Centerville Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:23:39 +0000 Looking for something to do this holiday season? How about viewing three of Dayton’s most renowned artists showcase their work together in a new setting? Yes it’s happening again, a holiday Pop-Up Gallery! This December Mike Elsass along with Bob Rhoads and Shon Walters will be featured in a Pop-Up Gallery in Centerville, OH. All three artists work with unique materials and create delicate yet commanding works of art. The materials and colors used by these artists truly compliment each others’ work. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to work in the 2012 Homerama, we realized how well these artists show together and wanted to give art lovers the chance to see their art yet again!

Please join us for this unique opportunity to see new works by these well-known artists.

The Pop-Up Gallery will be open to the public 2 Nights Only, and then by appointment.

Public Receptions

When: December 7 & December 13

Time: 5:00-9:00pm

Where: 9114 & 9118 Rhoads Center Way, Centerville (at the corner of Spring Valley & OH-48, next to Dairy Queen)

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We hope to see you there!

Dayton Philharmonic Gala Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:16:46 +0000 This fall, I was happy to donate a piece near and dear to my heart to the 2012 Dayton Philharmonic Gala! As an artist I feel that it is my duty to donate art to worthy causes and to make art available and accessible in multiple settings. Support the local arts in all facets!

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Art series adds color in Miamisburg–It’s one big C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:50:53 +0000 Art series adds color in Miamisburg–It’s one big C-O-L-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N  by Pamela Dillon for The Dayton Daily News, Saturday September 8, 2012, Photos by Pamela Dillon

The City of Miamisburg was injected with a new shot of energy this past summer with a series of art exhibits at the Pop-up Gallery in Miamisburg. Let’s see how everyone came together to make this COL-L-A-B-O-R-A-T-I-O-N happen:

COL: (Color of Energy owner/artist Mike Elsass) The original “idea man” never seems to slow down. One of his new projects began last November.

“We were walking by Taste of Wine with Katie Frank, Doug Sorrell and Deb McLaughlin from the Parks, and we were talking about art downtown, and someone spotted a space at 79 S. Main. The next week I talked to Joe [Harrison] about the concept of pop-up galleries,” said Elsass, who is presenting works in the exhibit. “A week later during the Turkey Trot we were in. A month later they sold the building so we had to pop out.” Fortunately, 43 S. Main became available shortly after that.

L: Larry Faulkner, a Dayton police major who is featuring his urban photography in the current show.

A: American Health and Fitness, a historic building owned by Joe Harrison. Most recently this building housed JC Penney, and provides 9,000 square feet of space.

The second level is yet to be developed, and Elsass occupies the third level studio with a wall of east-facing windows.

“He has graciously opened up the doors for us. He’s not charging us any rent and is paying all the electrical bills,” said Bonnie Nolan, president of the Miamisburg Merchants Association for the past three years.

That leads us to the next letter … .

B: Bonnie Nolan. The MMA has provided some of the funds, equipment and volunteers for this project.

“One of the things to revitalize the downtown is to bring in the arts,” said Nolan, who co-owns The Taste of Wine with Kim Broomhall. “The design committee had done the bike racks last year, so we were looking for something else to do. Mike came in, and gave us the pop-up gallery idea, so we started looking for a building,” said Nolan.

O: Opening. The gallery had its first opening on June 15. That featured the art of Elsass, Ron Rollins and Larry Faulkner for 30 days. Faulkner is a police major in Miamisburg who is also a photographer. Rollins is associate editor of the Dayton Daily News and has begun to show abstract paintings.

R: Ron Rollins, associate editor of Dayton Daily News, will be showing his abstract expressionist works this week. He also had paintings in the first show.

“It’s good energy,” Elsass said. “We’ve showcased new artists like Ron and Larry Faulkner. We hope to bring in Dan Gehres at some point. He’s a municipal court judge in downtown Dayton who sketches with crayons during trials. A place like this helps artists in terms of communication, publicizing and staffing, so they can concentrate on making art.”

A: “Arts in Downtown Miamisburg,” a documentary video by Jeremy Dempe, is one of the features of the current exhibit.

T: Town & Country Fine Art Gallery members. Seventeen Town & Country artists featured their works at the gallery for the Summer Arts second show that ran from Aug. 10-31.

I: Intern for Elsass: Wil Granson

“I’m lucky enough to help collaborate with some of his work, and help keep things moving for the past 6 months,” said Granson, a Pratt Institute graduate and Centerville resident. “Mike was friends with my parents when I was growing up. I’ve always tried to get involved with what’s he’s doing. Mike likes to keep moving and it generates lots of energy. That’s why I enjoy it.”

O: O’Neal, as in Carol O’Neal, the Centerville artist who is featuring her “Grandmothers and Granddaughters” photography at the gallery for the end of the Summer Arts Series. More artists will participate, but have not been confirmed as of this writing.

N: New ideas: The Pop-Up Gallery is just one of many new ideas that the Miamisburg Merchants Association and the City of Miamisburg are using to revitalize downtown. Last year, they collaborated with Gary Hartman and Kurt Hopkins for decorative bike racks along downtown streets. The new motto is: “Eat, Dine and Shop.”

“Our focus on downtown is to explore Miamisburg through the river, the bike paths and on the streets. We want visitors for our shops and the restaurants,” said Nolan.

Homerama Follow Up Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:28:39 +0000 Hello All,

We wanted to thank everyone who came out to the 2012 Dayton Homerama this fall, especially those who attended our collector/designer party. It was a great opportunity for Mike and Bob Rhoads to show their art in a residential setting. The work just feels so natural in places like this. Look forward to seeing Mike and Bob’s work together again this winter! Stay tuned for details on their new show space in Centerville.

Thanks again for your continued support!

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Homerama 2012 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:52:03 +0000 We are excited to announce that Mike Elsass will be a featured artist in the 2012 Homerama!

“The Home Builders Association of Dayton will be presenting the 2012 Homearama Lifestyle Edition showcase of magnificent custom homes in the beautiful Sugar Camp – Pointe Oakwood community. It will be four years since the last Dayton region Homearama. The fully decorated and furnished homes will feature the latest styles, building and design trends, landscaping and technologies. The sizes of homes will range in size from 2,200 square feet to over 4,000 square feet situated on home sites from a tenth of an acre to just over a third of an acre. The prices are expected to range from $395,000 to over $600,000.” (Home Builders Association)

Mike’s work can be seen in one of the RA Rhoads homes along with the builder and artist himself, Bob Rhoads! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Mike’s work in its natural habitat! Come out and  support both the Home Builders Association as well as your local artists.

Homerama opens to the public this Friday, September 14th and closes on September 30th. Tickets are $10 at the gate. You can click here for more details on the show. Hope to see you there!