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Design Thinking in Art and Hospitality

Join celebrated local cultural producers Elizabeth Leach, Thom Walters, and Sharron van der Meulen, with scheduled moderator Dave Pollin, at the new Canopy Portland | Pearl District Hotel for an evening discussion about design thinking in art and hospitality.

Elizabeth has curated art for hotels throughout Portland, and works closely with Canopy on its art collection in its various spaces, including Canopy’s rotating gallery. Both she, Thom and Sharron will share how creating and curating art in the hospitality space globally, across mediums, provides an opportunity for local expression while fostering desired moods for future guests.

Complimentary beer, wine and light bites will be provided.

Our panelists:

For 38 years, Elizabeth Leach Gallery has presented prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media. The gallery's mission is to create a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world.

Thom Walters straddles the disciplines of science and design thinking. On the science side, he is a behavioral strategist who identifies and interprets the cultural and behavioral dynamics of both the organization and their consumer cultures. On the design thinking side, he helps develop the strategy and lead the approach for navigating and implementing organizational innovation. He’s worked extensively in brand and consumer strategy with a passion for the hospitality industry.

Sharron van der Meulen leads the Interior Design practice at ZGF Architects in providing thoughtful and inspiring design leadership. As a partner in the Portland office, Sharron works closely with her clients to understand their aspirations and leads them in the exploration of trends and opportunities to develop the program and the quality of the interior environment. Her 30-plus years of experience has included projects focused on creating experiential environments, including the integration of art, for a diversity of clients in corporate, healthcare, aviation, hospitality, and public sectors.

Dave Pollin is the Co-Founder and President of The Buccini/Pollin Group (“BPG”). He also serves as Chairman of PM Hotel Group, the hotel management affiliate of BPG. Dave leads hotel acquisitions, developments and capital markets efforts. The Buccini/Pollin Group has acquired and developed more than $5 billion of properties in every real estate asset class throughout the United States since its founding in 1993.

Opening Reception: 5:30pm-6pm

Talk: 6pm-7pm

Closing Reception: 7pm-7:30pm

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm


Canopy Portland | Pearl District


Canopy Portland | Pearl District Hotel with Elizabeth Leach

A collaborative event with Elizabeth Leach Gallery at Canopy Hotel Portland Pearl.