Yvonne’s mural collaboration with colleague Siona Benjamin at the MC Hotel in Montclair, NJ was mentioned in two publications.
Montclair Magazine featured the project in their fine art sectionin their Holidays 2020 issue. The photo on the left shows the two artists Yvonne Verwer and Siona Benjamin underneath their sky mural in the hotel’s rotunda.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side will next year be home to a unique, boutique hotel. This 12-story landmark building’s triple-height lounge features soaring ornamental plaster ceilings and large windows. The space retains its historic architecture, moldings, among other decorative elements.
YVStudio is creating paint samples for those majestic ceiling and crown molding sections that were recently restored. These white plaster areas will soon have the same gorgeous look as their original patina’d counterparts.
The newly-built MC Hotel in Montclair, NJ, received an artistic addition this week.
Local artist Siona Benjamin had invited me to collaborate on a mural for the hotel’s three-story rotunda ceiling.
Installation of the mural required two installers with scissor lifts.
We created a 20′ diameter sky mural with a border motif.
The sky and the border were painted separately on a small scale, which were expertly scanned and merged by Lizza Studios. Signarama printed the image on a rigid exterior material called Dibond, the same stuff road signs are made of.
The panels were installed around the ceiling’s sprinkler system.
MC Hotel prides itself on being at the intersection of culture and community. Part gallery, part gathering place, the Hotel is in the heart of Montclair’s thriving artistic community.
Many thanks to architect David Ashen of DASH-Design!
Work in progress: I started painting the recently restored ornamental plaster ceiling at the former Victoria Theater, dating back to 1917.
The plaster ceilings were restored by ASR and I started painting one section at a time. To match the original color scheme the entire surface is basecoated medium brown, on top of which the decorative elements are painted.
The theater itself was demolished to make place for the 27 story Renaissance at Marriott hotel and a residential tower, located next to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. The historic facade and lobby are being restored and will be incorporated.
The project will include retail space, an arts center, and several arts organizations, such as two black-box theaters to be managed by the Apollo Theater Foundation. The building represents a significant part of Harlem’s history and architectural heritage.
At a traditional Park Avenue apartment in NYC I executed a classic grey glazing technique in the dining room. The walls received a stippling gaze and the woodwork a soft striae.
The previous look was dark green, and a bit dated. The new grey finish still works very well with the dark antique furniture, but it gives the room a more contemporary feeling.
To get this particular result I made a record amount of color samples, ranging from all kinds techniques to many shades of grey, to variations in green and even eggplant. The client is a creative herself and has a very discerning eye.
As New York City entered phase 1 after the Covid virus lockdown, and construction has started up again, at some point late Summer Yvonne Verwer of YVStudio will be repainting this ornate lobby.
Below is a rendering of the proposed end result.
Here is what the space looked like a year ago:
Several details of this historic building were preserved and are being restored, including its lobby. After extensive plaster restoration has been completed, Yvonne Verwer will paint these intricate ceiling details to match the original finishes.
The lobby will be incorporated into the new property, which is a significant part of NYC’s history, culture, and architectural heritage.