Miraval Spa – 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 Miraval Spa in the Robb Report! http://www.mikeelsass.com/miraval-spa-in-the-robb-report/ Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:58:08 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1278 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.

A Great Year for Mike Elsass http://www.mikeelsass.com/a-great-year-for-mike-elsass/ Sun, 05 May 2013 22:53:21 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1243 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! http://www.mikeelsass.com/mikes-adventures-out-west/ Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:28:11 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1228 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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Miraval Spa & Mike Elsass…The Full Story http://www.mikeelsass.com/miraval-spa-mike-elsass-the-full-story/ Thu, 09 Aug 2012 17:15:24 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=874 In recent years, Miraval has devoted more focus to the Artist-In-Residence program. Throughout the year, Miraval hosts painters and sculptors who not only use the setting as inspiration but also teach Miraval guests their craft. Mike Elsass has become a guest favorite – he sets up his painting station in the Raindance Pass Courtyard during each visit to the property. This area is in the center of the resort and gets constant traffic throughout the day. Mike’s welcoming presence and easygoing attitude invites guests to take a seat at the table and explore their artistic abilities with his guidance. He encourages our Miraval guests to live in the moment by saying “don’t think, just paint.” And the creations that appear from this experience travel home with guests and (we assume!) become permanent fixtures in their home to remind them of their Miraval stay.Mike connects with each guest individually and helps them get to know one another while they paint. Miraval’s guests come from all over the world and Mike is known for his uncanny ability to remember where each person calls home.

When we commissioned artwork for the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, Mike was one of the first people we called. His abstract style and materials fit perfectly with the concept and design of the spa. Acclaimed designer Clodagh collaborated with Mike to envision the future pieces that now grace the walls of the new spa. Using steel as his canvas and the colors of the Sonoran desert as his palette, Mike has created the backdrop for our award-winning spa

Mike went through a transformative time in his life while creating the pieces guests now enjoy in the spa. The project began in January 2012 and was finished by March 2012.This time of year always tends to be a reflective time for Mike since he lost both of his parents during these months many years ago. This year, while painting the Miraval pieces, Mike celebrated a big birthday, welcomed two new grandsons into the world, and also celebrated the second birthday of another grandson.

Not only did Mike get the opportunity to work with a nationally known designer, but he was also able to work closely with family and friends while planning this project. His cousin and fabricator Bill Elsass & friend Ben Steinke, and his long time friend and art critic Pat Barlage played significant roles in the original planning of the pieces. The steel itself was fabricated on a farm in northern Ohio where Mike spent his summers as a child. Because of all these personal experiences coming at a time where he was asked to create the largest pieces of his life, Mike truly had to channel the Miraval “mindful” philosophy while tucked away in his studio.

Much of Mike’s work is reflective of a place he has been. He paints not only with a location in mind, but the colors, sights, and sounds of that place, along with the nature and people he encountered while there. The good memories of painting at Miraval, the guests he’s met from all over the world, and the spirit of the Arizona landscape were all with him while he painted in a cold, snowy warehouse in Dayton, Ohio, (most times burning candles on altars or a bundle of sage).

When the project was finished and Mike emerged from the three-month intensive endeavor, he realized that this project reflects his past, his present, and his future. These paintings took Mike back to his roots in order to move him forward in his career. Sometimes when we’re asked to take on a challenge we’ve never experienced before, it takes the person we once were and the person we will still become to see the project through.

Now that you know the story, you can see the pieces hanging in the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval. The paintings are named after Mike’s youngest grandsons, Crosby and Tate.

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