Local Artists – Mike Elsass http://www.mikeelsass.com Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Mike Elsass still expanding exhibit space He has vision for special events. http://www.mikeelsass.com/mike-elsass-still-expanding-exhibit-space-he-has-vision-for-special-events/ Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:06:14 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1326 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.

Hilton Hotel Update! http://www.mikeelsass.com/hilton-hotel-update/ Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:14:29 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1135 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 http://www.mikeelsass.com/popping-up-this-time-in-centerville/ Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:23:39 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1118 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!

New Hilton hotel to become gallery for central Ohio talent http://www.mikeelsass.com/new-hilton-hotel-to-become-gallery-for-central-ohio-talent/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:00:15 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1083 Mike Elsass is happy to announce that he will be one of the artists featured in the new Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Mike will have a 56 piece grid featuring his 7×7 inch steel paintings, showcased as a permanent collection in the hotel. The Hilton recently opened to guests and features over 100 works of art by local Ohio artists. A book will be published featuring each artists’ biography, head shot and examples of their work and will be sold at the Hilton. Please enjoy the article below re-posted from The Columbus Dispatch about the artist feature in the hotel as well as photos of the progression of the Hilton work in Mike’s studio.

New Hilton hotel to become gallery for central Ohio talent, by Jeffery Sheban, for The Columbus Dispatch, February 7, 2012, Hilton Photos by Jeff Hinckley and re-posted from the Hilton Hotel website

About 160 paintings, sculptures, photographs and other works — representing a veritable who’s who of central Ohio artists living and deceased — are expected to become a big draw at a new Downtown hotel.

Works are being purchased from artists and galleries for the $140 million Hilton Columbus Downtown, opening in the fall on N. High Street in the Short North arts and entertainment district.

And, in a first for the Hilton chain domestically, all of the 532 guest rooms will feature artwork placed on the ceiling directly above the beds.

“People’s eyes light up when you talk about what’s going to be unique about the property,” said Julia Hansen, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.

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The hotel will be operated by the chain and owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. With a skywalk over High Street connecting to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton will target business travelers and convention–goers.

“I think it’s a very good public-relations move on the part of the Hilton,” said Sid Chafetz, 89, a former art professor at Ohio State University who will have two works displayed — one in the presidential suite, joining seven other prints or paintings and a sculpture.

Bill Jennison, executive director of the facilities authority, said traditional hotel art — bland prints of unknown or undistinguished origins — wasn’t good enough for a marquee property at the gateway to the Short North, home to several of the city’s best-known galleries.

“We didn’t want a bunch of pedestrian seascapes in rooms,” he said.

Jennison said the project’s art budget of about $1 million is no more than would have been spent on more generic offerings. Half the money is going toward purchases, with the balance for framing, transportation, insurance and installation.

About 30 works are being commissioned, but most of the others will be purchased from 12 central Ohio galleries representing more than 100 individual artists. Prices paid for works in the collection range from $125 to $40,800.

Some of the better-known central Ohio artists whose work will be displayed include Queen Brooks, Susan Cavanaugh, Curtis Goldstein, Ann Hamilton, Stephen Pentak, Aminah Robinson and Lowell Tolstedt.

Also on the list are licensed prints from long-gone Columbus greats including George Bellows, Emerson Burkhart, Milton Caniff, Alice Schille and James Thurber. (Hansen said one of Thurber’s iconic dog illustrations was being sought to underscore the pet-friendly nature of the hotel.)

Familiar sites and landmarks around town are depicted in some, although that wasn’t a requirement.

Some notable examples:

• An impressionistic model of the Downtown skyline made of 30,000 crayon tips by Christian Faur of Granville, to be displayed behind the front desk.

• Historical photos of Broad and High streets taken by East Side resident Kojo Kamau, and destined for a public men’s room.

• A colorful rendering of the Smith Brothers Hardware building created by Goldstein, an Upper Arlington painter, and headed for the executive lounge.

“I was really surprised that they were putting original art in the hotel and were asking for Columbus artists,” said Brooks, a retired art instructor at Ohio Dominican University who will have two wooden assemblages placed in the executive lounge.

“I was like ‘Oh, wow, this is really going to be something.’  ”

Jennison said he and his agency’s board pushed to include central Ohio art early on. An art committee was formed last year with members including Jennison; Gina Deary, whose Chicago company Simeone Deary Design Group is the project’s interior designer; Barbara R. Nicholson, former executive director of the King Arts Complex; and Nannette V. Maciejunes, executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art.

Deary worked with central Ohio art consultants and brothers Michael and Jim Reese, who took her to more than a dozen area galleries and recommended individual artists with whom they were familiar. With input from Nicholson and Maciejunes, they compiled an eclectic list that was reviewed and approved by Hilton, one of the world’s leading hospitality brands with 540 properties in 78 countries.

“We wanted to be sure they had a who’s who of Columbus artists,” said Michael Reese, who lives in the Short North and also sells commercial office furniture.

The added challenge was to build a provocative collection that wouldn’t be a turnoff for hotel guests.

“Art for a hotel is much more narrow in scope than art for a corporation or a government facility or your home,” he said. “Art is so subjective, and you have to be careful because some people might read into things they think they see in a painting.”

Other hotels in town have used art to impart local flavor. The Westin Columbus has about 10 Thurber prints in its bar and a dozen paintings of historic Columbus hotels on the mezzanine; the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square is undergoing a $10 million renovation that will include photos in all 400 rooms of two boys selling newspapers in front of the Statehouse during the 1930s.

But what Hilton is doing with local art is unprecedented.

“It’s actually more common out west, but pretty much unheard of in Columbus and much of the Midwest,” said Caren Petersen, owner of Muse Gallery in German Village, which is providing works from 10 artists.

“A lot of people will be leaving town saying, ‘There’s this really cool hotel that used local art, and it’s really neat and you should see it.’  ”

Sherrie Gallerie owner Sherrie Riley Hawk — who represents eight artists selling works to the hotel — said Hilton’s nod to the local arts community is bound to enhance Columbus’ image with visitors.

“What a perfect way to tell the story of your city — through art,” she said. “It’s going to be great.”


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Dayton Philharmonic Gala http://www.mikeelsass.com/dayton-philharmonic-gala/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:16:46 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1073 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 http://www.mikeelsass.com/art-series-adds-color-in-miamisburg-its-one-big-c-o-l-l-a-b-o-r-a-t-i-o-n/ Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:50:53 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1064 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 http://www.mikeelsass.com/homerama-follow-up/ http://www.mikeelsass.com/homerama-follow-up/#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:28:39 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1027 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 http://www.mikeelsass.com/homerama-2012/ Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:52:03 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1021 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!

Larger Work, Bigger Spaces http://www.mikeelsass.com/larger-work-bigger-spaces/ Wed, 01 Aug 2012 21:27:13 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=825 Many of you know, Mike knows how to keep himself busy. He always seems to have a project or two going on these days. Mike recently began working on some new steel that is unlike anything he has ever done before. The new size and shape are what he likes to call “ripples”. The ripples were designed with Mike’s curved shapes in mind that are loved by so many people, but give a new, fresh perspective and challenge to the artist himself!
The largest ripple is 38×92 inches and about 10 inches deep at its deepest point. We are excited to see how the new shapes look when they are finished and also to see where they end up! They are truly unique and bring a dimensionality to the work that has not been present before. Check back for more images and updates on these new shapes.

The ripples aren’t Mike’s only summer project. Recently, Mike has been involved in an effort with the city of Miamisburg to begin a summer art gallery in the downtown area. Together with city officials and local businesses, Mike was able to help set up a “pop-up” art gallery on Main Street  that will feature the work of many local artists throughout the summer. The opening took place in early June and featured work by Mike, the associate editor of the Dayton Daily News; Ron Rollins, and Dayton Police Major; Larry Faulkner. There will be two more shows held throughout the summer featuring other local artists. You can read more about the upcoming exhibitions here: http://exploremiamisburg.com/summer-arts-2012-gallery

Not only has Mike had to opportunity to show his work in downtown Miamisburg this summer, but he has been able to paint his work there as well. As his work grows larger and larger, so does his need for a space to house the work. When Mike paints, he paints on many pieces at once, which can be challenging with the sizes he has been focusing on as of late. Not only has the space in Miamisburg transformed into a gallery, but the 3rd floor of the same building has become a space where Mike is able to view and paint on all his large pieces at the same time.

The brightly lit, 4,000 square foot room has become a chapel of sorts to him. Here, Mike is working on over 40 large pieces, including 40×56 inch pieces and 56×60 inch pieces. These works will be featured in R.A. Rhoads’ homes during Dayton’s Homearama from September 14-30 in Oakwood. Some of these pieces are also part of a large commission that will be shipped out west. Enjoy some photos below of Mike’s “summer chapel” and the progress of his new ripple shape, and as always, thank you for your support!

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The Dayton Racquet Club http://www.mikeelsass.com/the-dayton-racquet-club/ Sat, 12 May 2012 21:54:04 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=588 One of the premier spots to see Mike’s best work in Dayton is the Dayton Racquet Club. Founded in 1971, the Dayton Racquet Club remains one of the Miami Valley’s finest private clubs for business, athletic and dining events. It is located atop the Kettering Tower, on the 29th floor and features some of the best views of the city.

The Dayton Racquet club recently renovated their bar and dining rooms and Mike’s work has never looked better! For more information on this beautiful Dayton staple, visit their website at http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Dayton-Racquet-Club. Please enjoy the photos below.

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