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The Vendue

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Last May, the completely overhauled Vendue — transformed from a stodgy historic inn to a sophisticated boutique hotel — opened as the city’s first art hotel, complete with massive group shows of contemporary art, an artist-in-residence program, guided art walks, and curation duties being performed by Charleston gallery darlings Robert and Megan Lange. Oh sure, the restaurant (The Drawing Room) is amazing, the rooms stunning, and the rooftop bar still boasts one of the best views in town, but it’s the art that makes the Vendue unique. Plus, all that other stuff will cost you some money. You can wander in off the street any time and browse the paintings, sculptures, and installations for free. The hotel hosts two exhibitions per year, and the current one is I See a Pattern. In it, 50 artists from around the world present pieces interpreting the show’s title. We spotted Karen Ann Myers, one of our most talented local artists, as well as a pretty cool painting of flying elephants by Elizabeth Foster, who’s represented locally by Michael Mitchell Gallery. And we also really love the Warhol-esque swirly lollipop by Brett Scheifflee.

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