By Waheeda Harris
Forget the tired, nondescript watercolour prints that hang in most hotels.
As part of a recent multimillion dollar renovation, the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario, is doing double duty as an art gallery. More than 75 photographs, prints and other artworks adorn its walls, in what it calls the Art Project.
The works are a veritable who’s who of the contemporary Canadian art scene: Charlie Pachter prints; K. J. Bedford, Brendan George Ko and Nelson French photographs; and unique creations from Mary Baranowski-Loden, Nancy Fox, Isabelle Hemard and Brian Hoxha.
Individual pieces range from $500 to $3,500 and can include framing and worldwide shipping. The art is curated by consultant firm Caviar20, which also sells the works online.
A fixture of downtown Kitchener, Ontario since 1893, the Walper Hotel has welcomed Canadian prime ministers William Mackenzie King and Pierre Trudeau, American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, jazz great Louis Armstrong and current-day pop star Lady Gaga.