About Elsha


Elsha Bohnert makes art with found objects and poems with found words. Machine parts, toys, rags, poems, stories, and letters, all find their way into her art.

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“Elsha Bohnert is a fountain of inspiration. She creates nonstop in whatever medium suits her purpose, from funky found-object sculptures to paintings. Dark, solemn, thought-provoking works and witty, bright colored pieces alike emerge from her studio. She is a master when it comes to putting together the most unlikely things in a humorous way.”

~Victoria Gail-White, Honolulu Advertiser Art Reviewer

 


Elsha Bohnert’s mixed media and assemblage art is in private collections worldwide and has been exhibited in Hawaii, the continental USA, and Europe. She has been honored with many awards.

Born and raised in Indonesia, with English as her third language, Elsha has most recently published in Bamboo Ridge, Hawai`i Review, Rain Bird and Hawaii Pacific Review. Her work is also included in Hawai’i Pacific Review’s “Best of the Decade 1997-2007.”

In 2001, she was awarded the honor of being one of 16 poets nationwide to work with Sharon Olds, past poet laureate of New York State. The last three years she has studied autobiographical writing with renowned Hollywood film director Mark Travis.

Elsha Bohnert serves as the Visual and Literary Arts Chair of the O’ahu Arts Center and is a past president of the Honolulu Branch of the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW).

AWARDS

JOHN YOUNG AWARD for Freedom And Artistic Vision, 2005 ARTISTS OF HAWAII, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
GLORIA FOSS AWARD for Excellence In Mixed Media, 2005 NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women) Biennial Art Show, Honolulu, HI
BEST IN SHOW AWARD, 2001 NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women), Biennial Art Show, Honolulu, HI
AWARD OF MERIT ,1999 NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women) Biennial Art Show, Honolulu, HI
Best in Mixed Media Award, 1998 Recycle Art Show, City of Honolulu, HI
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD, 1997 Recycle Art Show, Honolulu, HI
MOST HUMOROUS AWARD and MOST THEMATIC AWARD

1996 “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” The Meeting Place Café, Honolulu, HI

SOLO SHOWS

1999 Painted Virgins & Karma Babies, Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe, HI

1994 ALTARS FOR HEALING, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu, HI

SELECTED SHOWS (Juried and Invitational Group Shows)

2006

CONTEMPORARY MASTERS, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI
INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLAGE ARTISTS EXHIBIT, Gallery24, Berlin, Germany
WESTWARD TOWARD THE EAST: Contemporary Art From The Pacific Rim, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
MINIATURES, Koa Gallery, Honolulu
OUT OF THE SKETCHBOOK, The Balcony Gallery, Kailua
POST IT, Atkinson Gallery, Southport, UK
VICTORY, Mendell Street Studios, Chicago, IL

2005

OUT OF THE SKETCHBOOK, The Balcony Gallery, Kailua
MINIATURES, Koa Gallery, Honolulu
ARTISTS OF HAWAII, Juried Show, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu
NLAPW, Juried Biennial Art Show, Honolulu
BAD KITTIES, 3-EYED HORSES AND…, The Balcony Gallery, Kailua

2004

A RELATIVE AFFAIR, ‘Iolani Gallery, Kaneohe
MINIATURES, Koa Gallery, Honolulu
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Juried Show
GECKOS IN PARADISE, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu

2003

FOUR FOR ART, Honolulu Country Club Art Gallery, Honolulu
WAR CHILD, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu
ARTISTS OF HAWAII, Juried Show, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu
NLAPW, Juried Biennial Art Show, Honolulu
New Works, Atelier 4 Fine Art Gallery, Honolulu

2002

COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Juried Show

2001

Roots Wings Halos, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu
Found Words – An Exhibit of Art and Writing, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu
NLAPW, Juried Biennial Art Show, Honolulu

2000

Formed Forms, Agora Gallery, New York, NY
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE, Japanese Chamber of Commerce Juried Show
WINDWARD ARTISTS GUILD, Juried Show, Iolani Gallery, Kaneohe

1999

IN SEARCH OF A MILLENIUM, ‘Iolani Gallery, Kaneohe
NLAPW, Biennial Juried Art Show, Honolulu

1998

ARTISTS OF HAWAII, Juried Show, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu
COOKED WASHED SWEPT DUSTED, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu
DREAM ART EXHIBIT Juried Show, International Conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams
RECYCLE ART SHOW, City & County of Honolulu Juried Show

1997

CROSSINGS ’97: FRANCE/HAWAII, Chanel, Honolulu
PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, City of Honolulu Juried Show