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Hyatt’s Market Street Bar and Grill contains more within its walls than customary fine dining. Four times annually, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) swaps out the artwork on the walls of the Hyatt’s elegant restaurant, giving it a local touch and a creative energy, while allowing Hyatt to give back to the community.

On July 18, local artist Laurie Fields’ art show, “DiscARTed,” went on exhibition at Market Street Bar and Grill! The recipient of many of Gulick Group Design Studio’s discontinued items, which would have otherwise been recycled, Laurie put many materials to work in this show. The result of Gulick Group’s donation and Laurie’s creativity was “DiscARTed,” which, hence its name, features many unique collage pieces made from an array of materials.

Laurie explained how rather than having a prior inspiration, and then appointing the materials she would utilize, she takes a more backwards approach than most artists. “For me, a walk through Home Depot is as inspirational as watching a sunset. The aisles filled with cement, grout, plaster and building materials stir my imagination, as I think about new ways to use them,” she said.

Laurie arrived at Market Street Bar and Grill last Monday with GRACE gallery manager Erica Harrison to replace the current art display. Dozens of works to be taken down, and dozens more to hang also required the presence of two Hyatt engineers. Erica’s expertise in art display was apparent throughout the process, as she took many factors into consideration to determine the exact position of each work of art. She focused on creating groupings where the pieces involved would “communicate,” or compliment each other. After many different grouping, height, lighting, and other positioning attempts, the final arrangement was discovered and “DiscARTed” was officially in place!

Laurie Fields’ exhibition will be on display through October 17! All works in her exhibition are available for purchase through GRACE. Any purchase directly supports the artist and GRACE’s mission of enriching community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary visual arts.

 

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