Renovation Update: Inspired Art at the Portola Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

At most hotels located in the United States, the lobby is a utilitarian space, designed to maximize the hotel’s business of checking guests in and out or, providing a meeting place before venturing outside. Lobby decoration or “art” is usually an afterthought and is at best a blur as guests quickly circulate through to their next engagement.

Art Pieces Arriving on Property

Here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, however, our ongoing multi-million dollar renovation of the lobby aims to change that. Widely known for the many living trees growing throughout the space – we are adding to the ambience some unique new additions. In working closely with our design firm, the Puccini Group, I believe we have upped the ante with an exciting art installation featuring California artists and their take on the California coastline.

 

Art Installers Carefully Installing our Beautiful Pieces

ARTIST:M. Price

TITLE: Strolls by the Bay

MEDIUM: Giclee on Canvas with hand embellishment to follow brush strokes

The artists, sourced through Kevin Barry Fine Art Associates in San Francisco, CA include: M. Price, B. Rainforth, J.E. Vess, E. Hanson, L. Heras, K. Goldie and L. Stewart and feature styles ranging from Landscape Abstract and Impressionist to Photography and Multi-Media/Graphic Art. The pieces will be displayed throughout the lobby along with special “rope art” that will be installed in the recessed niches of the wood clad columns at the entryway to the new lobby lounge and restaurant.

 

ARTIST:B. Rainforth

TITLE: Coastal Horizon II

MEDIUM: Giclee on Canvas with hand embellishment to follow brush strokes

Along with additional upgrades to the hotel’s guestrooms, bathrooms, hotel entrance and bar/lounge area coupled with the major renovations to the adjacent Monterey Conference Center; the lobby improvements and art installation significantly enhance the look and feel of the Portola’s lobby and offer something dynamic and inviting.

ARTIST: L. Stewart

TITLE: Stripped

So come and relax in the Portola Hotel & Spa’s refined lobby and experience a fresh way to experience fine art, California style.

 

ARTIST:E. Hanson

TITLE: Cypress Dance

MEDIUM: Giclee on Canvas with hand embellishment

Guest Post by Janine Chicourrat, General Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa

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