New Hyatt hotel to feature local artists

Special to The Sun
The lobby and bar at the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard has been decorated with local artwork. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

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, a Howard Group development, 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. While many hotels seek to provide a comfortable and accessible stay, Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard exists both as an industry leading, upscale select service hotel and a true cultural offering with the thoughtful placement of local artists’ works throughout the entire property. Guests experience a seamless, modern stay, while being surrounded by a museum of local artistry.

The developers and designers of Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard have taken great care to enlist the work of local, renowned 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 to Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard 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. Williams’ work reflects his experiences as a Gulf Coast native and a world-traveler as he combines rustic reclaimed frames with beautiful photographic images processed on wood, metal, and other mediums.

Joining Williams in Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is painter and sculptor Justin Gaffrey, well known for his thick acrylic paintings, rich in color and texture, that are 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,” Gaffrey said.

This former chef turned artist has been featured in publications such as Southern Living, Florida Digest, and Better Homes & Gardens, and has also been featured in galleries in New York, Miami, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, and Richmond, Virginia.

In addition, Marisol Gullo’s work is featured in the breakfast area at the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Gullo, whose acrylic paintings draw upon the peaceful, beautiful lifestyle of South Walton and its sense of community and diversity of varying people and cultures, was South Walton’s 2017 Artist of the Year.

Velia Lala, South Walton’s 2017 Sculptor of the Year, also joins the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard art collection with her piece, “Elysium.” Lala incorporates a multitude of artistic techniques in her vibrantly-colored work, such as acrylic, mixed medium, epoxy high gloss, photography, and body casting and bronzing. Hotel guests will also take delight in glass artist Victoria Garley’s nature-based images that carry a spirit of peace and harmony.

Local artist 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 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 spacious guestrooms. Raul Pardo is one local artist whose beautiful work accent the accommodations in each guestroom, while also contributing to the overall story of South Walton.

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is also debuting two new up-and-coming South Walton artists — painter Amy Lauraé and photographer Petar Petrov. Lauraé is a fluid and abstract aerial-scape artist who creates a visual experience of “stepping into liquid,” while Petrov’s photography expresses a sense of depth through the use of light and color.

Each invited artist contributes a distinctive flair through his or her art that encompasses the diversity, inspiration, and cultural mixing pot that makes South Walton so unique, which provides guests with an unparalleled experience with each and every stay. Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will celebrate this important artistic milestone for the Emerald Coast with a grand opening party later this year.