Photo courtesy of Old 77 Hotel &  Chandlery

Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery Debuts Artists Loft Suites

Way, way back in 2015 I took my very first trip to New Orleans and was fortunate to stay at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. I fell in love with the hotel immediately and even wrote a blog post to tell you all about it. At that point, the hotel was absolutely fantastic and I didn’t think it could get any better but it has.

Photo courtesy of Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Photo courtesy of Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery

The  Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery has debuted three new Artist Loft Suites curated by a trio of New Orleans artists: Kate Hanrahan, Connor McManus and Leroy Miranda, Jr. The new Artist Loft Suites mark their latest collaboration with Where Y’Art, their local gallery partner whose rotating exhibitions have showcased a wide-ranging collection of New Orleans artists at the Warehouse District hotel.

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How great do these look?

The experience in each suite has been crafted by the artist with décor and accessories to set the mood and original works of art. Guests who stay in an Artist Loft Suite at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will be immersed in that artist’s vision. Guests can enjoy the art and when they check out, if they have a favorite piece, they can purchase it and take it home. When guests purchase art from one of the hotel’s Artist Loft Suites, the artist will replace it with a new work so these suites will evolve and change with time.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kate Hanrahan has spent almost the last decade as an artist and art teacher in New Orleans. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Hanrahan lived and traveled several different places around the country before landing in New Orleans. She has exhibited work in Atlanta, Savannah, Boston, New York, and New Orleans, as well as internationally in Canada and France. In 2014 she was part of ExhibitBE in New Orleans, which became known as the largest single-site street art exhibit in the American South. Hanrahan is a mural and mixed media artist working in painting, paper cut-outs, photography and installation. Her primarily figurative work exists in a realm of magical realism that creates an emotive narrative woven between the layers of memory, loss, and time. The Artist Loft Suite she curated at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features several selected works such “Metamorphosis” and “Anhinga” where giant birds seem to shift through and become part of the represented figures. Her work is accented with antique and earthy accessories like a sheepskin rug, large plants, and different textiles. It features a bench made by local artisan Theodore Noggle as well as upcycled lamps by New Orleans based artist collective Junk Evangelist. These items are meant to breathe warmth and life into the room giving an old world feeling while creating a softer, cocoon like atmosphere.

A native of Lafayette, Connor McManus practices art and works as a graphic and architectural designer in New Orleans. McManus has shown his work in galleries in Rhode Island, Mississippi, and throughout Louisiana. Inspired by nature and the built environment, his approach combines photography, collage, graphic design, and painting. The resulting pieces are often layered and dreamlike, hovering between the naturalistic and abstract. In the Artist Loft Suite that McManus curated at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, this aesthetic is on display in works like “Point Reyes Trail” and “Up the Slough.” McManus has paired these works with light, simple, and modern accessories, like the Sputnik Chandelier, the Sauder Cocktail table and white, blue and grey rugs and curtains to reflect light and atmosphere in the suite. McMannus’s selections aim to bridge the disparate eras represented in the space with light touches that complete the suite’s eclecticism in the mold of a real New Orleans living room.

Born and raised in New Orleans and the adjacent countryside, Leroy Miranda, Jr. is a self-taught artist that focuses on capturing a diverse array of inspiration from his own life-story and his experiences in New Orleans and the surrounding nature of South Louisiana. He considers his work to be natural, somewhat primal and flowing instinctively in the moment, rather than arising from a planned process, and prefers to refer to his mediums as “love, care, joy and paint.” Miranda explores the themes of culture and identity in works that can be found in over a dozen private collections and the L.S.U. University Medical Center public collection. In January 2015, Where Y’art curated a solo show of his work at their gallery and in the gallery at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. He’s returned to the hotel to curate an Artist Loft Suite featuring two-dimensional paintings one of which, “General Zod,” is a companion piece to “King Pin,” a sculpture. that are a visceral interpretation of the unknown and a message of self-discovery. Miranda is accenting the room with smaller three-dimensional items, rugs, specialized lighting and a hand-worked bench that offer fluid counterpoints to the industrial, straight lines of the furniture, allowing the art to the guide the eye around the room.

I don’t know about you all but I can’t wait to check these loft suites out in person.

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