Renowned Local Artist Mike Elsass is reaching into his own collection to spread the color of energy around to local Dayton businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Elsass has started by donating two pieces inspired by local hattery Brim to the business in support of his favorite hat shop to help cover costs during the pandemic.
The two piece set, which is done in the iconic Elsass style of paint on rusted steel, each measure 20.5” x 20.5”, and are valued at $1,000, but Brim will be auctioning them off via a local pickup-on auction on ebay to raise money for the shop. Opening bid is set at $500.
Owner Amelia O’Dowd has maintained paying employees despite having been closed since the initial shutdown order. Brim is now going through the process of reopening slowly for appointment-only shopping, but like so many businesses, is working to catch up to business lost.
Mike personally selected and signed the pieces before dropping them off (socially-distance style) to be signed and then auctioned by Brim.
“I want to do whatever I can to help these businesses that need help right now,” Elsass said. “Dayton is hurting, and if art can help, I want to help.”
The pieces for Brim are listed at a starting bid of $500, but Elsass is hoping they can go much higher to help the business.
One of the two pieces is signed on the back by both Elsass and the Brim staff of the selected as a message of appreciation for the eventual buyer.
O’Dowd said she was extremely thankful for the unexpected help.
“All of us at Brim are very thankful for Mike Elsass leaning in and supporting us and our small business as we navigate these uncertain times.”