The South Walton community is known for its beautiful beaches, friendly people, and its dedication to cultural experiences, making it the chosen location for world-renowned architects, writers, musicians and artists.
The Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard aligns perfectly with these ideals, pairing the artistic influences of the community with the Hyatt Place brand’s mission to create a thoughtfully designed experience around each guest.
The developers and designers of Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard have taken great care to enlist the work of renowned local artists to pay homage to South Walton’s thriving arts culture. The intention is that every stay at Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is an artistic experience in and of itself.
Contributing artists include painters, photographers, sculptors, and more. Chandler Williams, South Walton’s 2014 Photographer of the Year, is one of the many local artists featured throughout the property. Mr. Williams’ work reflects his experiences as a Gulf Coast native and a world-traveler. He combines rustic reclaimed frames with beautiful photographic images processed on wood, metal and other mediums.
Painter and sculptor Justin Gaffrey is well known for his thick acrylic paintings, rich in color and texture, and inspired by nature, human nature, and life experiences.
“The natural environment in South Walton gives me room to breathe within a thriving community of artists,” says Mr. Gaffrey. The former chef turned artist has been featured in Southern Living, Florida Digest and Better Homes & Gardens, and in galleries nationwide.
Marisol Gullo’s work is featured in the hotel’s breakfast area. Ms. Gullo—whose acrylic paintings draw upon the peaceful, beautiful lifestyle of South Walton and its sense of community and diversity—was named South Walton’s 2017 Artist of the Year.
Velia Lala, South Walton’s 2017 Sculptor of the Year, joins the Hyatt Place art collection with her piece “Elysium.” Ms. Lala incorporates a multitude of artistic techniques in her vibrantly colored work—acrylic, mixed medium, epoxy high gloss, photography, and body casting and bronzing. And hotel guests are sure to delight in Victoria Garley’s nature-based images that carry a spirit of peace and harmony.
Alejandra Vega is debuting a custom map of South Walton in the lobby of the hotel. This ink and watercolor piece highlights local wildlife and scenery in Ms. Vega’s signature pointillism style.
In addition to local artwork in the common areas, guests can also find original works of art in each of the hotel’s 84 guestrooms. Raul Pardo’s beautiful work accents the accommodations in each room, while also contributing to the overall story of South Walton.
The hotel is also debuting two up-and-coming South Walton artists—painter Amy Lauraé and photographer Petar Petrov. Ms. Lauraé is a fluid and abstract aerialscape artist who creates a visual experience of “stepping into liquid,” while Mr. Petrov’s photography expresses a sense of depth through the use of light and color.
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will celebrate this important artistic milestone for the Emerald Coast with a grand opening party later this year.
– Laura Holloway
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