After receiving her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, Elayna Toby moved from Chicago to San Francisco where she began her craft as a jeweler, working with beads from around the world. While there her love affair with horticulture was ignited.
As a Longwood Fellow, Elayna Toby received her M.S. in Public Horticulture Administration and Museum Management. For fifteen years she worked in botanical gardens in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Naples, FL creating landscapes, exhibitions and community programs. In the mid 1990’s, inspired by Mother Nature’s exquisite beauty, Elayna Toby collected fallen seeds and branches which she combined with beads to create her earliest kinetic works.
In 2003 Elayna Toby began incorporating found objects into her sculptures. Over time her work grew in scale and complexity, and in 2009 she was invited to lead a “natural mobiles” workshop in Mexico for Habla: The Center for Language and Culture. Soon after she was invited to create her first site-specific installation for the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in 2010. Recently Elayna Toby was invited to create an interactive multi-sensory installation in the art gallery of Palm Beach State College’s Eissey campus.
Elayna Toby’s work was recently shown in Art BocaRaton with Art Synergy and her site specific participatory art installation Kinetic Connections received “The People’s Choice Award” at the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium. Additional showings include the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; Armory Art Center; Red Cross Designer Showcase and Studio 1608. Her work has been featured in Palm Beach ArtsPaper, Traditional Home, Palm Beach Daily News and on BobVila.com.
Elayna Toby lives with her wife Connacht Cash in Palm Springs, Florida.