In one of my recent posts, I took a look at how hotel developers are starting to build galleries within the hotels themselves and utilizing the space not just as accommodations but as a place to showcase fine art as well.  To take this a step further, I recently came across an article in The Examiner, which discusses Santa Fe’s hotels and the resurgence of their use of gallery spaces. Many may not be aware of this, but Santa Fe, New Mexico is brimming with fine art.  For one looking to experience the rich cultural offerings in this city, they should head for Canyon Road, a main strip in the city which hosts upwards of 70 galleries that showcase art from across the globe. It is no wonder that with this surplus of art in the city, the nearby hotels are taking notice of its attraction and wanting to feature it in their own locations.

Santa Fe’s hotels are basically galleries in and of themselves. One of the city’s most famous hotels is the, “La Posada Santa Fe Resort & Spa”, which has always been referred to as the “Art Hotel of New Mexico,” now has its own onsite curator. Sara Eyestone is not the only curator in the world, but she is a rare and unique breed amongst many. The Examiner writes that, Eyestone, one of few hotel art curators, is a writer and an artist in her own right. She has been painting her happy, brightly colored works professionally for nearly 50 years and has had over 50 one-woman exhibitions in museums, galleries and libraries. For the past 15 years she has painted almost exclusively on commission for private collections and public spaces.

In 2008, Eyestone was responsible for helping La Posada chose 600 pieces of art by living American artists to grace its walls, and to decide where in the public spaces, including the spa, each piece would go. This curation was done with the help of the hotel engineers. Eyestone even installed each piece where she thought it would work to best to the aesthetic of the hotel. “Everybody has different ideas about what works and what does not work,” she explains. “My goal is to showcase excellent paintings in a creative way that enhances each space.” In an interview with The Examiner, Eyestone said “As an artist myself, I was born with an eye for this. I have seen the work of over 3,000 American artists. So much of it is terrific, and I often say there is much more talent everywhere than there is wall space.”

As more hotels reinvent their spaces to feature art, the travel experience morphs into one where the individual’s “escape” is not only limited to a different geographical location, but also a different mental space influenced by art from all over the world. Travel becomes a veering beyond the physical and mental scope of the individual.

To learn more about art and hotels, visit this post by Examiner