Valencia Group has been known for the dutiful effort put forth with the design and architecture of it’s nationally recognized and award–winning boutique hotels: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, and Hotel Valencia Santana Row. With two new openings in late 2013 in Kansas City, MO and Austin, TX- the thoughtful artwork is no exception to their design trend.
Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza | Kansas City, MO
Valencia Group in collaboration with their designers and architects spared no expense inside the beautiful Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. Outlined below are three beautiful pieces of art that adorn the first expansion of the Sorella brand. Sorella – Italian for sister – is positioned as the precocious sibling to Valencia Group’s Valencia brand, which includes acclaimed locations in San Antonio and San Jose, CA. Chic and modern, Sorella blends timeless elements of classic design with Mediterranean influences.
1. The rooftop area inside Hotel Sorella named Rosso (Italian for the color red) is one that is inspired by the hill towns of Italy, boasting incredible views from above. “The “Running of the Horses”, a bi-annual event in Siena, brings each unique Italian neighborhood together to celebrate in festival. Portraying that message of a ‘sense of festival’, a mural was commissioned that spans 100 feet across the room. It is a tribute to the Palio di Siena, filling the space with an ambiance and sense of festivity and pageantry,” says Andrea Sheehan, Principal of Dawson Design Associates, Inc. The artist who completed the work was Lia Cerizo.
2. In the lobby of this property, guests can admire our rendition of the meaning of Sorella. This Sorella lady indicative s one of the Valencia sisters was completed by Sarah Atkinson. Sarah was born in in High Point, North Carolina in 1980, and grew up in a rural farming community. Surrounded by the beauty of nature and secluded by land, she developed a love for painting at a very young age.” She and her husband share a studio in the Carolinas now. This piece was commissioned as a custom piece for Hotel Sorella. The original version was meant to be a period-like look, think Roman, Renaissance, Italian high art portraiture. During the collaborative efforts, the painting then took a more contemporary spin which made her mysterious, interesting, and unique. .
3. An additional stunning piece in the lobby is the Chandelier. This inspiration came from “Blu” which is a chandelier made by designer, Paola Navone. “Blu” was shown at an exhibition for Milan design week 2010. The colors are spectacular and has quickly become our ‘signature piece’ that guests are raving about upon entering the hotel.
Lone Star Court | Austin, TX
In the Lone Star State, Valencia Group takes a modern approach to the motor courts of yesteryear. Tagged as “Authentic Americana”, Lone Star Court will boast of a pop art style oil painting that will hang in the lobby. Artist, Melinda Buie occupies a studio in Times Square in New York City yet grew up in East Texas. Buie’s grandparents had a herd of about 200 cattle. “My family spent weekends out on the farm and I fell in love with the cows. My parents have since taken over Ravenswood Farm and have cows as pets. I have spent the past 14 years painting them from photographs I have taken through the years. Every now and then a project calls for a Longhorn, which we did not raise. I have relied on a friend’s farm in Cat Spring, Texas, to photograph their Registered Texas Longhorns.” says Buie.
The painting for Lone Star Court is called “Billy” and is one of their Registered Texas Longhorns. This is a 48 x 72” oil on canvas.