by Marya Morstad
May 18, 2006
Producer Marya Morstad continues the “Radio mnartists” series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with Lisa Elias.
To hear the interview, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.
Lisa Elias is a metal artist inspired by traditional blacksmithing
techniques whose signature style is elegant, functional and
self-described as “organic art nouveau.”
Originally trained as a glassblower, she belongs to the Guild of
Metalsmiths, serves as a visiting artist and educator in the foundry
arts and is a founding member of Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis
where she has her studio.
Some of her high profile projects include the patio gates and grillwork
and indoor decorative metal at Crema Café at 34th and Lyndale and the
grills covering the stained glass windows in the Rotunda of City Hall
in Minneapolis and a public art bench called “Forged Roots” at Raymond
and University in St. Paul commissioned by FORECAST Public Artworks.
She is currently designing and forging 400 ft. of railing for the
pedestrian bridge along I-94 for The Loring Bikeway Project with the
Art in Public Places program.
Lisa Elias will open up her metal studio during Art-A-Whirl this
Friday, May 19th, 5-8pm; Saturday, May 20th, 12-8pm and Sunday, May
Come by for live music on Saturday from 1-8pm. Bands featured are Big
Surf, John Ewing, Slumber, The Rats, Fey-Fex, Mary Elias, Stingray
Green, The Floor Shakers and Blacki.
Guest artists on show in her gallery during Art-A-Whril are Emily Allen
and Beth Olfelt.
1129 Van Buren St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413