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Elyse Harrison is a visual artist who uses objects, people, animals and places as subject matter for her vivid, surreal paintings and sculptures.
She has been making art her entire life and grew up in a highly creative environment. Her father was an inventor, scientist and engineer whose love of art and music greatly contributed to her interest in the arts at a young age. Her mother is a linguist whose love of languages helped nurture an appreciation for verbal communication and the art of the spoken word. Her sister is a writer and musician and the director of The Unidentified Flying Opera Company. Her brother is an electronic musician who owns Harrison Instruments and has the unique ability to build and perform music on the electronic theremin.
Elyse first began working with children in 1985 with her company Kids Create!, a satellite art program offered in public and private schools. In 1995 she began residency work through the Maryland State Arts Council grant program Artists in Education. She has created 15 large scale public artworks through this program.
Little City Art Studio, Inc opened in the summer of 1998 at 4808 Auburn Avenue in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Working from this 1950's store front studio has provided the opportunity to publicly display and sell art as well as offer young artists a chance to develop their own work in a professional studio/gallery setting. The studio provides an important cultural element to the urban landscape.
"How fortunate I am to call myself an artist. The title represents sensitivity, curiosity, adventure, happiness. An opportunity to check in regularly with creativity. This is what I have placed at the top of my Most Important list since I was six years old. It is not only my personal joy, but the way I best serve humanity."
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