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.

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.

Artist Intensive with Mike Elsass http://www.mikeelsass.com/artist-intensive-with-mike-elsass/ Fri, 31 May 2013 01:18:03 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1270

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 thecolorofenergy.gallery@gmail.com OR info@mikeelsass.com 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 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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A Horse of a Different Color http://www.mikeelsass.com/a-horse-of-a-different-color/ Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:56:17 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1219 At the start of this new year, we have very exciting news! Mike is headed to Las Vegas this weekend to compete in the National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island hotel & casino. Mike will be competing with 480 other people who have qualified, and prize money exceeds $1.5 million. This is not Mike’s first championship. In fact, he is a five time qualifier! In 2005, Mike won 3rd place in the National Handicapping Championship held at Bally’s Casino. He was one of three people featured on ESPN that year. Mike will also be competing in the Horse Player Wold Series at the Orleans Casino with approximately 500 others this February.

Mike, a long time handicapper, believes that the chaos of horse racing, which is similar to hold-em poker, is a good ying/yang with making abstract art. He finds there is definitely a parallel with decision making in horse racing and his “brush before the brain” painting style. In both horse racing and abstract art, it is important to go with your gut and be present in that moment in time. Mindfulness, the idea of living in the moment, is very critical to both disciplines. Mike credits Miraval Spa with introducing him to this concept during his many stays as artist-in-residence.

In 2010, this article was published in the Dayton Daily News highlighting Mike as a horse handicapper, as well as an artist. During this championship, Mike was unable to hit a horse in 30 races. Something he says is “hard to do.” He contended being tied for last place was pretty abstract…

So wish him well this year! With 2012 bringing many great projects, commissions and grand babies, we’re hoping 2013 brings Mike some better luck on the track! Mike has promised his staff members a whopping $100 each if he brings home the title. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Brush Before the Brain…Paint with Mike Elsass http://www.mikeelsass.com/brush-before-the-brain-paint-with-mike-elsass/ http://www.mikeelsass.com/brush-before-the-brain-paint-with-mike-elsass/#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:26:45 +0000 http://www.mikeelsass.com/?p=1198 With the holiday season upon us, you may be scrambling for that last meaningful gift! How about a class with Mike Elsass? Mike’s popular classes are fun for a group of friends, a couple, or even going solo! These classes teach the basics of painting on steel at Mike’s studio.  There is no age limit and no experience is necessary to enjoy these classes! Mike stresses no fear and no inhibitions….just paint!

Classes are $70.00 per person and range from 2-4 hours. All the materials are included and you can take your painting with you when you go! We have gift certificates available in any increment. Come prepared to get messy and have fun!


We have three dates available starting in 2013. Don’t see a date that works for you? Contact us! We can add classes if we have the demand.

January 15, 5:30-8:00pm

February 5, 5:30-8:00pm

March 7, 5:30-8:00pm

All classes are held at Front Street Studios downtown. If you are interested, please contact us at thecolorofenergy.gallery@gmail.com


Happy Holidays!

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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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