SOURCE: Alexis Hotel

January 02, 2007 09:00 ET

Alexis Hotel Debuts Exciting New Art Exhibitions for the New Year

Seattle's Own "Work of Art" Introduces Two New Northwest Collections for Hotel's Rotating Art Showcase

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 2, 2007 -- The Alexis Hotel's signature art program commences the beginning of 2007 with two exciting new compilations of Northwest art. The hotel's unique "Gallery Art Walk" features artistic interpretations of life experiences, memories and feelings by seniors participating in the Seattle-based "Seniors Making Art" program. Following a notable exposition last year, a second installment of "Abstraction from Nature" is on display throughout the luxury boutique hotel's lobby, drawing room and foyer featuring pieces by Northwest artists Robert Drucker, Mark Rediske and Benton Peugh. Both the "Seniors Making Art" and "Abstraction from Nature" exhibitions will be on display through March 2007.

Abstraction from Nature

Motivated by his awe of nature, Robert Drucker includes specific characteristics representative of Northwest wildlife by painting textured and transparent layers with paint and ink. By revisiting characteristics of the Northwest's coastal landscapes, Drucker produces visually narrative backgrounds that require movement of the eyes in order to comprehend the piece.

Mark Rediske draws on ancient cultures as inspiration when creating his pieces. His focus is on ancient cultures who promoted the belief that nature has both a physical presence and a spiritual identity. Rediske's work reflects a desire to access some element of the realm between the physical and the metaphysical. By incorporating aspects reminiscent of cultures past, Rediske pieces reveal components reflective of nature's many facets.

In response to growing urbanscape, Benton Peugh uses his art as a way to search for a connection to a universally understood, symbolic landscape. By applying multiple layers of paint to a simple landscape drawing, he attempts to destroy the image he originally created. Trowel marks, scratches and other textures add to the surface flatness in spite of the deep space of the image. Through a process of negation and reformation, Peugh's paintings transcend reality while expressing a universal experience.

All of the works on display are available for sale. Each piece has a label listing the artist's name and gallery contact information, as well as the price.

Seniors Making Art

Internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly founded Seniors Making Art in 1991. Professional artists, skilled in building enthusiasm and confidence, are contracted to teach programs in museums, retirement communities, senior centers, libraries, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and other locations. Both program instruction and materials are provided free of charge to participants. For more information, visit:

About the Alexis Hotel

Known as "A Work of Art," the historic Alexis Hotel is an AAA Four-Diamond hotel that showcases the distinctive diversity and culture of the Pacific Northwest through displays of original artwork and seasonal art exhibits throughout the hotel. Located on 1007 First Avenue at Madison Street, the Alexis Hotel is one block east of the ferry terminal and Seattle's waterfront and within walking distance of Pike Place Market and historic Pioneer Square. For more information, visit

About Kimpton

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the first and leading collection of boutique hotels throughout the United States and Canada. Founded by Bill Kimpton in 1981, Kimpton Hotels offers services and design elements focused on care, comfort, style, flavor and fun. Every Kimpton hotel reflects the energy, personality and pulse of its location, history and architectural style. Each property features personalized guest services, comforting in-room amenities, specialty rooms and suites and provides a range of exciting culinary experiences through affiliated top-rated restaurants. Kimpton takes pride in its commitment to social responsibility and leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare programs. In addition, Kimpton demonstrates a unique dedication to its female guests with the Women InTouch program, offering comfortable and safe environments, in-room fitness and wellness options as well as the company's unique "Forgot It, We've Got It" honor bar, providing essentials that women travelers may have forgotten at home. Among the company's newest properties are the recently acquired Muse Hotel in New York, Nine Zero Hotel in Boston and FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Kimpton debuted the Hotel Palomar in Washington, D.C. in July 2006, and the Hotel Palomar Dallas in late September 2006. Additional projects are underway in Southern California, Texas, Florida and Virginia. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-KIMPTON.

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