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    1. Mario Ceja, founder of MarioInk, is a Chicago tattoo artist that also creates body art, as he shows on this model. 

    <p>1. Mario Ceja, founder of MarioInk, is a Chicago tattoo artist that also creates body art, as he shows on this model.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. A cake with Chicago and all its culinary treasures in mind. 

    <p>2. A cake with Chicago and all its culinary treasures in mind.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. The work of Miami’s Fernando Morales, a master cigar roller. 

    <p>3. The work of Miami’s Fernando Morales, a master cigar roller.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. The night was capped by a headlining performance from Brooklyn’s MisterWives band. 

    <p>4. The night was capped by a headlining performance from Brooklyn’s MisterWives band.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Don’t Fret Art created a community mural that all guests were encouraged to contribute to. 

    <p>5. Don’t Fret Art created a community mural that all guests were encouraged to contribute to.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. The Hit + Run screenprinters busy at work. 

    <p>6. The Hit + Run screenprinters busy at work.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. New York Jessie Bearden in action creating her brand of edible art.

    <p>7. New York Jessie Bearden in action creating her brand of edible art.</p>

In September 2016, SpringHill Suites by Marriott kicked off its “Art of Local” series, a redesign of a similar program that began in 2010. The idea behind the North American platform is to bring together some of the best creators in each destination city into hotel lobbies as a way to provide busy patrons the opportunity to explore the local art scene. Each event is different and can include visual artists, culinary whizzes, skilled crafters and live performers. 

The first installation was held at the SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown/River North location and gave a taste for what guests can soon expect. The talent included Chicago muralist Don’t Fret Art and interactive mixologists Femme Du Coupe, as well as a sample of other national artisans that will be included in other cities, such as Los Angeles wall art painters Experimental Half Hour, New York’s creator of visual feasts Jessie Maxwell Bearden and a rollicking performance from Brooklyn hit-makers MisterWives.

Here are some sights from the night.

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) Dallas Chapter spread some holiday cheer at its annual Holiday Giveback. The organization chose to work with Senior Source and the Diversicare facility. Members of the group held a party for the facility complete with caroling, live music, holiday crafts and bingo—and of course plenty of cookies and punch. The group also collected items for Diversicare’s wish list, along with a $5 donation from each member who registered for the networking happy hour that followed the party.

 

On Jan. 3, the Moscone Center celebrated its long-awaited opening with a gala. You can read our story about the renovated and expanded convention center here. –Photos courtesy of San Francisco Travel

 

Meeting Professionals International Washington State Chapter (MPIWSC) held its annual auction on Dec. 7, 2017, at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville, Washington. The auction wa s a fundraiser for the MPIWSC Educational Fund.