Daylighted is pleased to introduce its partnership
with Sofitel San Francisco Bay

Opening reception: Wednesday, July 8th



The digital art gallery experience

featuring local artists:
Am Stöhr, Derek James Lynch, and Hal Eastman accompanied by Michael O'Neill Jazz Band





Redwood City, CA (June 9, 2015) – Sofitel San Francisco Bay is finding a fresh way to engage with guests and the local art community as the popular waterfront hotel becomes the first Sofitel location worldwide to feature an interactive and digital art gallery onsite. Locals, hotel patrons and aesthetes are invited to indulge in a special grand opening reception on Wednesday, July 8 from 4:30 – 6PM as Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s lounge transforms into a multi-sensory art gallery. This unique art exhibit is made possible thanks to a partnership between Sofitel San Francisco Bay and Daylighted, a San Francisco-based fine art consultancy and services company. Light bites, refreshments and live entertainment will be provided throughout the event.

“Art is an important component of beauty and the French “art de vivre” which Sofitel prides itself on providing worldwide.   We hope to set a trend for our other hotels in bringing this unique art experience to our guests and the local community,” says Director of Sales and Marketing at Sofitel San Francisco Bay Matthew Vargas.

As part of the festivities, guests are encouraged to circulate among the seven, ultra-HD, color-corrected SmArtGallery monitors – all 55 inches in size and showcasing carefully curated artworks selected from Daylighted’s deep network of local artists. This innovative technology also allows for the hotel to continually refresh and fine tune its décor with unprecedented flexibility. Featured art will include works from talented emerging and mid-career artists including abstract painter Am Stöhr, award winning photographer Hal Eastman and mixed-media artist Derek James Lynch.

"I am delighted to exhibit my artwork with Daylighted. I think their approach — putting art in nontraditional places is an exciting development for me and other artists who are looking to connect with new audiences," says featured artist Am Stöhr.

Designed to complement the hotel’s sleek interiors and elegant atmosphere, this digital art space is sure to wow the senses! Though this event is free and open to the public, space is limited. Immediately following the art gallery reception, guests are invited to grab a handcrafted cocktail from the hotel’s Bay Bar and heighten their auditory senses with Sofitel’s weekly jazz concert with famed saxophonist Michael O’Neill from 6 to 9PM.  You won’t want to miss this mid-week escape!


About the artists

Am Stöhr

Am Stöhr is a German and Swedish trained abstract painter who has exhibited extensively in Europe and the Bay Area, and was a featured participating artist in the groundbreaking stARTup Art Fair held in May 2015 in San Francisco. Her vibrant, high-key abstract paintings demonstrate an expert eye for color and composition and provide a sharp contemporary update to traditional abstract expressionism

Hal Eastman

Hal Eastman’s photography seeks to create and share simple, beautiful images which communicate the natural rhythms and innate energies of the figure in motion. His multi-award winning photography is collected internationally, and he has exhibited throughout the western US. He has exhibited with SFMOMA Artist’s gallery and has three published monographs of his work.

Derek James Lynch

Derek James Lynch infuses his mixed media collages with the same punk energy he displayed with his band playing venues like CBBGs in the mid-1980s. His work focuses on and dissects idealized urban landscapes, rearranging forms derived from the architecture of the Bay Area to create new perspectives. He has exhibited extensively throughout the US, is in numerous corporate and private collections, and is a member of SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery.


About Daylighted

Daylighted is a San Francisco-based fine art consultancy and services company that creates and manages digital exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists. Our mission is to bring a fresh, energized and unique art to wider audiences and inject new life into the standard model of how, when and where people interact with art.


About Sofitel, World Class Hotels & French Elegance

Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30,000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New York or Beijing, or nestled away in a country landscape in Morocco, Egypt, Fiji Islands or Thailand, each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre.”

Accor is the world’s leading hotel operator, with 470,000 rooms in 3,700 hotels across 14 trusted brands in 92 countries. The company is organized around two distinct divisions, HotelServices, which operates and franchises the hotels and HotelInvest, which is a hotel owner and investor. The Accor hotels sit in three segments from budget to luxury which are constantly reinventing their concept to satisfy the needs of business and leisure customers around the globe. Accor brands include in luxury-upscale; Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery and Grand Mercure, The Sebel, midscale; Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure and Adagio and economy; ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1. The Group boasts a powerful digital ecosystem, notably its booking portal accorhotels.com, its brand websites and its loyalty program Le Club Accorhotels.

The Group’s 170,000 employees benefit from working for a company that believes in progression and has an industry leading training program, the Accor Académie. Since its creation 45 years ago, Accor is making innovation and sustainable hospitality the focus of its strategic vision as well as of its customer-centric approach development and innovation process.

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Ideally situated in Redwood City between San Francisco and San Jose, Sofitel San Francisco Bay offers modern luxury, attentive service and beautifully appointed accommodations in a relaxing hotel oasis on the shores of a tranquil lagoon, only ten minutes south of the San Francisco Airport with many Fortune 500 companies nearby. For more information about Sofitel San Francisco, please call (650) 598-9000 or visit www.sofitel-sanfrancisco-bay.com.

For media requests, please contact Elisabeth Mouchy at 415.994.5705 or elisabeth@daylighted.com

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