Laramie Artists Transform Hotel Rooms Into Art Galleries

Nov 14, 2014

The Laramie Artists Project’s biennial group exhibition is this weekend. Touchstone 2014 features work by 39 professional artists from Albany County.

Every two years, since 2006, local artists have been renting a block of hotel rooms to create small galleries.

“We have a crew that moves out all the beds, and we rent extra rooms to store them in,” says Linda Lillegraven, co-chair of the Laramie Artists Project, the group organizing the exhibition.

Lillegraven says 28 rooms are being transformed for this year’s show. And while the work on display is for sale, she says that’s not the point.

“We’re really doing it for the community, because we realized that artists work alone in their studios most of the time and a lot of people in town just had no idea what was going on behind all these closed doors.”

Lillegraven says the exhibition is a chance for residents to discover the breadth of art being created in Albany County. Touchstone 2014 runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 15 and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, November 16 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Laramie.