I am delighted to share the work of local artists with our guests and neighbors.
Costa Mesa, Calif. (Vocus) April 1, 2009
Orange County's Performing Arts District has gained a compelling new dimension with the expansion of the Wyndham Orange County art gallery to include a collection of photographs entitled Premiere Haute Couture: Reflections of Fashion by award-winning local photographer Barbara Higgins.
To encourage appreciation of the exhibition, the Wyndham Orange County has introduced a Fashion Package starting at $129 that features a deluxe lake-view room, $25 restaurant certificate for every night of stay, $25 travel reimbursement per reservation and certificates and discounts to nearby award-winning restaurants, world-class retail shops and performing arts venues valued at $250. Restaurant certificate excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity.
The package, available through Sept., can be booked by calling the hotel at (714) 751-5100 or online at http://www.WyndhamOrangeCounty.com
The Barbara Higgins photographs of more than two dozen silver gelatin images of manikins in storefront windows from around the world expanded the hotel's Orange County art gallery to more than 60 pieces of art, according to Thomas Smalley, Wyndham Orange County general manager. "I am delighted to share the work of local artists with our guests and neighbors."
The public is invited to attend an artist's reception scheduled at this Orange County art gallery on May 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The hotel's restaurant will offer its new Fashion Inspired Martinis & Haute Couture menu, which pays tribute to fashion moguls including Christian Dior and Chanel.
The Wyndham Orange County and Higgins will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from all art sold the the Wyndham Orange County art gallery to Estancia High School in Costa Mesa and Festival of Children Foundation to benefit children's art programs.
Barbara Higgins received a special state award in 2004 and was recognized by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for her black and white photograph of "Family of Surfers." In 2007, The John Wayne Airport Arts Commission selected her "Newport Beach Reflected" series for exhibition in 2011. In 2006, she was selected by the Newport City Arts Commission to exhibit the series, "Newport Beach Reflected," commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the city.
Higgins also specializes in children's portraiture and donates her time and talent to The Heart Gallery of Orange County, a photographic exhibit of legally adoptable children in state custody who dream of having a "forever family."
The Gallery Lounge is located in the main lobby of the Wyndham Orange County Hotel at 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. Complimentary validated parking is available for this Orange County art gallery.
For additional information about the exhibit, contact Barbara Higgins at (949) 702-1182 or visit http://www.barbarahigginsphotography.com.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate. For more information, visit http://www.wyndham.com.
Thomas Smalley, General Manager
Wyndham Orange County Hotel
3350 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA 92626