They said it couldn’t be done.
Yet, developers Jack Matthews and Jeff West of Matthews Southwest, with a host of others, made it happen. These are the guys who renovated the old Sears warehouse into hip loft spaces at South Side on Lamar. They’re not afraid to take risks. We saw evidence of this again when last Wednesday (specifically on 11-11-11), the Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center opened to reveal original art in every one of the 1,000+ guest rooms and in the 40+ public spaces. There were no mass-produced prints anywhere. And, here’s an extra kicker, this art concept embraced the DFW creative community. Only local artists were asked to submit their portfolios for review. The selected artists were invited to be part of the opening ceremonies, ribbon cutting and public tour, as well as exhibit a sample of their work in a central meeting place.
Here’s one of three commissioned paintings I did for the hotel. I was honored to be considered and commissioned.
I see this unique collaboration fitting naturally with the growing reputation of Dallas as a happening cultural, arts-oriented city where art + commerce intersect. Visit the Omni to see for yourself. Just go into the restaurant or lobby area, grab a drink or meal and you’ll see incredible paintings, including pieces by Anita Horton and Ted Kincaid – both friends of mine.
On a personal note: A shout-out to Jeremy McKane, owner of McKane Art Consulting, and his team who coordinated the selection and delivery of 100+ artists and the folks at Bray-Whaler who handled the purchase orders and paperwork for me and the other artists.