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The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City Names Oklahoma City Painter Its New Artist-In-Residence
Gayle L. Curry Selected for the Hotel’s Artist-in-Residence Program
November 18, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is pleased to announce Gayle L. Curry as its fourth artist-in-residence. Curry, an accomplished painter from Oklahoma City, will work from the historic hotel's studio space on Broadway for one year. The space will serve as Curry's studio where she will showcase her eclectic mix of mediums and unique expressions of form, color, light and texture through painting.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to create art in such a beautiful and energetic location like The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City," said Curry. "As an artist, my work is often inspired by the world around me, the lights, the colors and the energy all inspire me. By working in the hotel's studio in the heart of downtown with its open windows, natural light and calming atmosphere, I am confident some of my best work is yet to happen. I look forward to engaging with the many downtown patrons and guests of the hotel."
Curry's works are made using the ancient method of painting known as encaustic, where colored pigment is added to a combination of melted beeswax and dammar resin crystals. The medium, which must remain heated to about 200 degrees throughout the painting process, is applied to an absorbent surface such as a birch wood panel in layers using bristle brushes. The layers are then fused with a heat gun or propane torch. With this process, Curry achieves a unique vibrancy and depth of color.
"I love the extraordinary effects of depth and luminosity that can be achieved through encaustics," Curry said. "What I enjoy most is the process itself that allows for a richness and depth few art mediums can match."
While in the space, Curry will create an installation made of encaustic paintings, monotypes, paper and fiber. The large encaustic paintings, with mixed media extensions, will create a visual landscape that will hang from the ceiling, come up from the floor and surround the guests. This installation will also offer the visitors an opportunity to create their own encaustic painting that they can take with them or they can leave behind to be incorporated into the larger installation.
The Skirvin's selection committee, consisting of leaders in the local art community, the Paseo Art Association and The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City, selected Curry from a distinguished pool of artists. Curry currently owns the Paseo School of Art, a creative art center that provides classes and workshops for anyone wanting to expand their artistic skills with unique and inspiring mediums. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma Art Guild. Curry was recently the art resident at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and is the past recipient of the Michi Susan Award for visual arts from the Paseo Arts Association.
"We are thrilled to have Gayle as our newest artist-in-residence," said Gerald Rapport, general manager, The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City. "From abstract mosaics, violin making and poetry to now a talented painter, it's exciting to see our program continue to bring such creative and ambitious talent to the Skirvin and downtown Oklahoma City. I am confident our hotel guests will enjoy this unique and personal experience."
For more information about The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City, call +1 405 272 3040 or visit www.skirvinhilton.com.
About The Skirvin Hilton Hotel
The Skirvin Hilton originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. In 2007, Skirvin Partners in Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and the Hilton partnered on renovating the hotel to its original glory. The reopening event was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation; the hotel has earned a AAA Four Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor's Development Award for best downtown development.
The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premiere meeting and pre-function space. It is home to the upscale Park Avenue Grill restaurant and Red Piano lounge.
Last year, the Skirvin was named one of the best hotel meeting destinations and received a prestigious Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings. The hotel was also once again recognized as one of the 2014 Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places.
About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS). When it assumes management of The Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach, Fla. on November 1, the company will own and/or manage 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 11 states. A force in the hospitality industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management, development and historic renovations. The company's portfolio includes a wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).