Press release from Aloft Asheville:
McKibbon Hospitality today announced that its Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel has completed an extensive renovation, which was handled by Atlanta, GA-based McKibbon Places. The renovation includes new furnishings, updated flooring, and features the work of several local artists in its public spaces, guestrooms, and suites. As part of McKibbon’s commitment to creating a top-notch guest experience in its hotels, the pieces commissioned by Asheville native Liz Barr, owner of Art Resources, bring a local flair to Aloft Asheville Downtown and celebrate artists from the local Asheville art community.
“Asheville has such a vibrant and unique art community, and we are thrilled to showcase a sampling in our refreshed Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel,” said Drew Walls, Aloft Asheville general manager. “By featuring the work of local artists, we are able to incorporate the surrounding culture into the hotel and provide a unique opportunity for our guests to experience the artistic side of Asheville.”
Adding to their existing commissioned pieces, Aloft Asheville Downtown now features the following local artists:
- Scott Allred is a graphic designer, muralist, and sign painter, that has been working in the trade for almost 30 years. He is the co-owner of Brushcan Studios, a collaboration of art and design providing high-quality murals, signs, and specialty/faux finishes. His expansive, eye-catching piece in the lobby’s two-level entryway honors legendary musicians who have toured in Asheville, including B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam, and more. Scott’s artwork will also be on display in the king and queen guestrooms.
- Big Bridge Studio is a full-service creative agency, specializing in branding, packaging design, and website design. Servicing a host of local craft beer and hospitality clients, Big Bridge Studio produced the mural in the motor lobby highlighting several of downtown’s most popular music venues including The Orange Peel and Grey Eagle.They also produced the mural in guestroom bathrooms of local craft beer labels.
- John Haldane is a published professional artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. John created two pieces for Aloft Asheville Downtown’s guestrooms: Dueling Mime I and Dueling Mime II. Haldane’s art is unique; created using cameras, software, digital tools, and/or paints.
In addition to featuring local and regional artists throughout the hotel, Aloft Asheville Downtown plans to showcase local emerging musicians through the hotel’s Live@Aloft music series once restrictions have been lifted around COVID-19. To ensure the health and safety of guests and associates, the hotel, which is currently open and accepting reservations, has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols and physical distancing measures so guests can book their stay with confidence.