Amazing Artwork in the McMenamins Edgefield Hotel
Sunday 6 November 2016 — Category: Outings
Wow! Today I am publishing my 600th article on this Web site. Along the way I have marked the milestones with these articles:
#100 — Exploring the East Side of Steens Mountain
#150 — Sesquicentiblog!
#200 — Micro Four Thirds Lens Kit Revisited
#300 — Tricentiblog: New Technology Articles
#400 — American Photographers Beware! (part 2)
#500 — A Concentrated Ramble in Downtown Portland
Today’s article is part four of a five-part series about my two-day 2016 summer solstice celebration at the McMenamins Edgefield property in Troutdale, Oregon, on the eastern edge of the Portland metro area. For the first three article, see:
Today I am sharing the amazing artwork I found 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.
Actually, I started taking photos of the artwork as soon as I had checked into the hotel on the first day. To get the hotel stamp for my McMenamins Passport adventure, I had to find a piece of art that matched this riddle:
One, Two, Three... One, Two, Three...I figured I would go on my artwork treasure hunt after I put my stuff in my room. But once I arrived, lo and behold, there was the painting I was looking for, right next to my door, which was Room 229: The Waltz King. Now that was an interesting and surprising coincidence!
To solve this rhyme just follow the time
A checkered pattern adorns the floor
Where a couple whirls beneath a starry sky
She is spun around in a purple gown
By a gentleman dressed in a golden crown
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.
As with the photos from the Edgefield grounds which I introduced in the previous article, I’m not going to write much about the hotel artwork because it’s the photos which tell the story. All told, I took a total of 93 pictures. The best 62 are now available for a virtual tour in the McMenamins Edgefield Artwork 2016 album.
My next article, the last of this Edgefield series, is a glassblowing demonstration show and tell.