Elize Jekabson is an Ypsilanti based artist. She graduated with a Bachelors from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration Sculpture. Her recent work draws a strong connection between nature and Latvian culture that has helped her foster an appreciation for organic aesthetics. Elize works full time as a Chef, and when she’s not making beautiful compositions on the plate, she manages/co-owns Ypsi Alloy Studios, and acts as Vice-President/Co-founder of a monthly art walk, First Fridays Ypsilanti. Her early work inspired a citywide festival, The Festival of the Honeybee, which brought to attention the blight of the Honeybee. The festival has become a staple in Ypsilanti’s creative culture, and occurs every first weekend of September.