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Hotel general manager Mike Castro is proud of how connected the new Courtyard Marriott is to the city. “We commissioned all Portland artists for the artwork in the hotel,” he said.

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On the back wall of the lobby guests are greeted by Daniel Long’s “6 Travelers.” Long appreciates the exposure from having his art at the hotel. “It’s permanent—it feels more special because more people are going to see it,” he said.

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p:ear director Pippa Arend helped create the nonprofit group after a similar program with the Salvation Army shut down six years ago. “We work with kids of all levels,” she says. “Some are going after college, others are learning second-grade English.”

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Jason Okamoto and Michael Papillo play some shiny-suited tunes for the party guests.

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The sustainable fashion show included garments from local designers Idom and Amei Unmei.

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Portland Fashion Week’s Tito Chowdry (left), who produced the sustainable show, spoke about the local fashion scene’s amazing growth. “We have designers moving here from New York,” he said. “And the Portland Fashion Week has become one of the biggest in the United States.”

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Members of SERA, the design team behind the Courtyard Marriott, bunch up in the Bamboo Grove.

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Work from p:ear students Scribe, Jane Hoffman, and Joseph Eason was displayed prominently.

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Lobby artist Daniel Long’s parents, Owen and Hilary Long, salute the soiree.

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Local photographers also get some wall space at the Courtyard Marriott.

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The Garden of Delights included tempting desserts such as marbled chocolate brownies and hazelnut torte, while an enticing vanilla scent permeated the room.

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Not only was the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott filled with local art, so were the guests’ rooms themselves.

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Guests exiting the elevator are greeted with this nearly life-size photograph of the Made in Oregon sign.

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Words of wisdom scattered on the tables distracted guests from their pear-tinis. Or was it the other way around?

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Tiffany Sullivan and Nicolette Gonzalez ready Erin Dierking for the fashion show.

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The design team wanted to avoid having too many straight and parallel lines in the rooms. “We stylized the Oregon landscape, and turned it into the hotel environment,” said Lisa Zangerle, SERA’s director of interior design.

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