About the Artist

Born in Detroit in 1999, Elena Masi is a fine artist and designer living and working in Petoskey, Michigan. She received her BFA in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2021. In 2023, she attended an artist residency at Dorland Arts Colony in Temecula, California. Her work is in collectors' homes throughout Michigan and Colorado. Currently, she is creating paintings, working as an interior design consultant, and enjoying life in Northern Michigan. 

Her work reflects her love for an outdoor lifestyle and her appreciation for the well-worn, well-loved artifacts that make enjoying the outdoors possible. By repurposing antique or used alpine skis and waterskis, she commemorates all of their stories and adventures by creating an art piece rich with nostalgia and personal history. Her work shows her love for honoring useful artifacts - saving the antiques from being discarded and elevating them to items worth passing down through generations.

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Exhibitions:

2020: LowellArts West Michigan Arts Competition, Lowell, Michigan

Education:

2017: Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center

2017-2021: BFA in Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design 

2022: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan

Residency:

2023: Dorland Arts Colony, Temecula, CA

Affiliation:

2022-Present: Chandler’s A Restaurant, Petoskey, Michigan

Art Fairs:

2021: Annual 4th of July Juried Art Show, Harbor Springs, Michigan

2022: Annual Bay Harbor Arts Festival