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Part II of our Art Hotel photo series takes us back to the interactive gallery through the lens of local photographer Jose Barajas. Jose had access to the Hotel while it was being constructed and was able to document the artists’ processes.

When I first heard of this project, I was told it would be a hotel filled with art. I didn’t know at the time that I would get to see something as spectacular as Art Hotel. I was lucky enough to be working with City Scout and was permitted to enter the space while the artists were working on their pieces. Almost every wall was transformed with some sort of painting, and many of the individual rooms housed amazing sculptures and creations that had come to life.

Every floor from the ground up was filled with people working hard to get their work done before Art Hotel’s doors opened. The talent of the artists was incredible; it left me in awe and made me wish I could paint or draw myself. One of my favorite rooms there was the red room, which was literally covered top to bottom in red paint. It was a dream location for a photo shoot.

Almost every wall was transformed with some sort of painting, and many of the individual rooms housed amazing sculptures and creations that had come to life.

Art Hotel was a great concept that both gave artist a special way to showcase their work and brought more creativity to the community and our city. I was sad when it was taken down, but it served as a reminder of the only constant in life and art: change. In the end it was a beautiful and awesome experience I was able to share with friends and fellow creators. 

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Part I, Art Hotel: Andre Elliott

Photos | Jose Barajas

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