In June 2016, I went on a 25-hour summer solstice
celebration at McMenamins Edgefield,
in the eastern Portland
suburb of Troutdale.
During my overnight stay, I came across an astonishing amount of amazing artwork
in the Edgefield hotel.
McMenamins is well known for the original artwork that graces their 116 venues.
The bigger the building, the more place for paintings on every wall, door, pipe, ceiling, or anywhere else that strikes the artist’s fancy.
Because the Edgefield Hotel is one of their larger buildings, it contains hundreds and hundreds of paintings. Many of them are inside the individual hotel rooms, and so are off-limits to the public. But there are plenty that can be admired by simply wandering the many hallways, which I did for about 75 minutes on my second day there.
When I say that the artwork at the Edgefield Hotel is amazing, I’m not really thinking of any one particular piece, but the collection of hundreds of paintings as a whole. The resulting experience is synergistic, in that “the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” The effect is so great that it is delightful, breathtaking, and even overwhelming! At least is was for me — as usual, YMMV.
All told, I took a total of 93 artwork pictures. The best 62 are now available for a virtual tour in this album. But these photos don’t tell the whole story of this vast and rich property. Other articles and albums from my Edgefield 2016 summer solstice celebration include:
There is also the introductory overview article: A McMenamins Edgefield Summer Solstice.