Underscoring Costa Mesa’s reputation as the City of the Arts, The Westin South Coast Plaza and Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) South Coast Plaza launched a joint art promotion called Art @ The Westin that will provide an artistic experience for hotel visitors and guests that is aligned with the city’s world-class Theater and Arts District.

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MLG South Coast Plaza is displaying compelling artworks on a rotating basis from its catalog of published artists in the hotel’s popular lobby spaces.

Currently the hotel is exhibiting landscapes and seascapes by Kerry Hallam, a highly respected British impressionist artist, on three wall spaces in the Lobby Bar and near the elevators.

The art can be purchased and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local arts organizations.

Simultaneously, Hallam also has a running show at the MLG South Coast Plaza location, where he makes appearances annually to engage with its guests.

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“Our lobby is the heart of the hotel and has been designed to provide a comfortable and creative area where small groups can gather to brainstorm, enjoy a seasonal meal or sip artisanal cocktails from ‘Crafted at Westin,’“ said Trine Ackelman, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Westin South Coast Plaza.

“The art exhibit enhances the experience of our guests and mirrors the many other art encounters that distinguish South Coast Metro, considered by many to be Orange County’s entertainment, shopping and dining epicenter promoting culture, glamour and excitement.”

“The Martin Lawrence Galleries South Coast Plaza is very excited to be part of this project,” said Ken Lawrence, the gallery’s Director.

“Our galleries have been in business for over 40 years and we understand very well that art can’t be sold like other products. Art appeals to a sentiment; an emotion deep within the observer. We do believe that art needs to be promoted and The Westin’s lobby area is a wonderful venue for us to share our artwork with local and international guests alike.”

MLG South Coast Plaza also has masterpieces by artists Haring, Picasso, Chagall, Murakami, Rembrandt and many others.

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The arts abound in Costa Mesa, where the works of Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Joan Miro, Charles O. Perry and Isamu Noguchi, among other world-class figures, are on display.

Performing artists entertain audiences in Segerstrom Center for the Arts includes Segerstrom Hall, Founders Hall, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Samueli Theater, and Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory Theatre’s Segerstrom Stage, Argyros Stage and Nicholas Studio.

Segerstrom Center also includes the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center.

The hotel’s own iconic Waterfall Terrace features a backdrop of falling water from the Neptune Water Spouts by artist Betty Davenport Ford and was recently redesigned to accommodate up to 175 people for wedding ceremonies and other receptions, and up to 120 for a unique outdoor dining experience.