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Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery

Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery

Artists & Artisans

About Us

Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery is a barrier-breaching visual and performing arts company that produces art, research, and design through a people-centered approach towards equitable practices. About the Artist: Marlesha S. Woods (she/her) is a Louisville native, a dedicated interdisciplinary artist, visual storyteller, creative placemaking strategist, writer, community researcher, and visual arts educator. Pairing visual arts with advocacy, Marlesha has partnered with non-profit organizations within the U.S. and globally to strengthen communities, and spark vital conversations including: health equity, diversity, and civic rights. She is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, National Art Education Association, Teaching Artists Guild, and Black Arts & Cultural Center. Her work and scholarship, centered within the intersections of public health and art, provide both cultural nuance and context to develop sustainable community-programming. As owner & founder of Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery, she lends her consultancy and expertise in Louisville Metro and beyond. She is also a senior teaching artist of Neighborhood Associates Corporation based in Washington, D.C. She has provided community engagement art-based programs for several organizations spanning 16 years of dedicated service. She has provided consultation with The Compassion Museum based in Minnesota's Twin Cities and is an inaugural 2892 Miles to Go National Geographic Wayfinder. Her community-based research has been featured in collaboration with nationally recognized data-catalyst, Root Cause Research Center. Her visual artistry includes wearable art with a focus on exclusive designs for the Muhammad Ali Center, and commissioned paintings including an emphasis on abstract expressionism intertwined with portraiture. Honoring the aforementioned matriarchs begins with reclaimed and preserved narratives, along with communal giving through creating with authenticity. We uplift narratives inspired by resilience in the human story. The art is not the story, the story is the art, and we thank you in advance for allowing us to co-curate with care.

Services Provided

Art Installation, Custom Artwork, Decorative Painting, Mural Painting, Texture Painting, Color Consulting, Home Staging, Interior Design, Space Planning

Areas Served

Charlestown, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Louisville, Lyndon, New Albany, Prospect, Florida, Chicago, Selma, Frankfort, Washington D.C., United States, International, Minneapolis

Awards

The Heart of Outstanding Social Justice Advocacy_Phoenix Global Humanitarian Foundation, 2022 SCTD 1st place Interior Design competition awardee_Sullivan College of Technology and Design, 2004

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5 Projects

Entryway - contemporary entryway idea in Louisville
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Abstract Painting_Tranquility: Available

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Business Details

Business Name

Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery

Phone Number

(312) 970-9308

Address

Louisville Metro/ Southern Indiana, IN 47131-2891

Typical Job Cost

$1,000 - 25,000

We welcome clients to contact us directly for customized installation estimates, commissions, and original art price quotes for residential and commercial design needs. Ask us about our "Canvas for a Cause" program tailored to amplify non-profit impact.

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