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Kimpton's First Art Gallery Opens At The Palomar San Diego

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April 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Though many of Kimpton's spaces have a sort of art-y feel, there hasn't in fact been a dedicated art gallery space in any Kimpton hotel until now, at Palomar San Diego. A small portion of the lobby (above) has been converted into Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits, a cozy nook that will showcase the works of local, up-and-coming artists.

The display will rotate about once a month, and hotel profits will be donated to a local children's charity that supports the arts. We don't really know how Kimpton has found the time to organize any of this, as we know they've been busy over the last few months dominating one hotel after the other.

Salazar Contemporary Exhibits, named after art dealer Alexander Salazar, who owns a separate gallery in the city, calls itself "the smallest gallery with the biggest heart." And true, the space seems small. But when you're suffering through one of those slow-moving noon check-out queues, sometimes a little art on the walls can brighten up the whole experience.

As we learned recently with the Renaissance New Orleans Arts' sculpture garden and lobby art.

The gallery's first exhibit is a series of colorful ocean-inspired paintings by local Erik Skoldberg.

Other spaces guests can enjoy in the Palomar (which used to be The Se) include an in-house spa, outdoor pool and a rooftop bar.

[Photo: Hotel Palomar San Diego]

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