Lisa Elias’s organic art nouveau


Producer Marya Morstad continues the “Radio mnartists” series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with Lisa Elias. 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 week-end: Friday, May 19th, 5-8pm; Saturday, May 20th, 12-8pm and Sunday, May 21st, 12-5pm.

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 612.362.9570

Listen to the “interview”: