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Ontario art

The Art Project at Ontario’s Walper Hotel

Walper Hotel exterior. Photo by Sean_Marshall.

By Waheeda Harris

Forget the tired, nondescript watercolour prints that hang in most hotels.

As part of a recent multimillion dollar renovation, the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario, is doing double duty as an art gallery. More than 75 photographs, prints and other artworks adorn its walls, in what it calls the Art Project.

The works are a veritable who’s who of the contemporary Canadian art scene: Charlie Pachter prints; K. J. Bedford, Brendan George Ko and Nelson French photographs; and unique creations from Mary Baranowski-Loden, Nancy Fox, Isabelle Hemard and Brian Hoxha.