Michael Downs "Moon at Sunset" 17 x 12 Oil on Canvas
Vendue Concierge Room 301
Svetlana Shalygina "Saint-Germain Pour Deux" 40x30 Oil/Mixed Media/Canvas
Brandon Newton "St. Michael's" 16 x 12 Oil on Board
Vendue Concierge Room 302
Tom Barnes "Martini Queenies" 24x24 Watercolor/Canvas/Archival Finishes
Tom Barnes "Bella & Lucia" 20x16 Watercolor/Canvas/Archival Finishes
Fred Jamar "Night By Day" (formerly "Two Churches" Archdale ST) 50x36 Oil/Linen
Fred Jamar "Down the Block" 30x36 Oil/Canvas
Vendue Concierge Room 303
Svetlana Shalygina "Avec Le Temps" 36x36 Mixed Media/Canvas
Svetlana Shalygina "The Artist's Window" 20x60 Oil/Canvas
Peter Justl "A Quiet Moment" Paris France 36x24 Oil/Canvas
Shane Scribner "Bre" 12x12 Oil/Panel
Vendue Concierge Room 304
Peter Justl "St Phillips Church" 40x30 Oil/Canvas
Marie Smith "A Good Place to Rest" 14 x 18 Oil on Canvas
Tom Barnes "Cassiopeia" 12x12 Watercolor/Canvas/Archival Finishes
Tom Barnes "The Girl's Toast" 20x16 Watercolor/Canvas/Archival Finishes
Vendue Concierge Room 305
Tom Barnes "Sinnette's Black Hat 24x24 Watercolor/Canvas/Archival Finishes
Fred Jamar "A View from Broad" 48x30 Oil/Panel
"Art Gallery Owner Inspires New Direction of The Vendue"
Published in the March Issue of the Charleston Business Journal
"The president of Avocet Hospitality Group said a persistent woman who called him over and over inspired the theme for newly renovated boutique hotel, The Vendue.
Jonathan Weitz said a local business owner repeatedly called him asking if she could place an art easel in the lobby of The Vendue, formerly known as the Vendue Inn, in downtown Charleston. He said he initally ignored her. But just after a meeting with his architects to determine what direction the hotel's renovation would take, she emailed.
"I looked down at my phone, and there was an email from this woman. It was one of those moments when I knew what to do," Weitz said. "They all say, great ideas are born out of something small. It just made sense.
Vendue Inn Pre-Renovation
Weitz announced in mid-February that The Vendue will reopen in the spring as a hotel dedicated to the arts. It will house two to three art exhibits a year and will feature paintings and sculptures in the lobbies, hotel rooms and public areas.
The Woman who inspired the concept was Mary Martin, owner of the Mary Martin Gallery, who will be working the Robert Lange Studios to curate the exhibits.
The design of the buildings - managed by LS3P Associates and Hill Construction - will also look much different. The Vendue is made up of two main structures known as 19 and 26 Vendue, along with five warehouse buildings, dating back to the 1780s. In February, those five warehouses were connected internally for the first time in many years, according to Weitz, during the site's $4.8 million renovation."