The Art of Exchange: Crafting Community Ace Hotel & Swim Club: April 23 & 24, 2010

We spent a weekend in April with artist Karen Kimmel and her friends making art and eating fireside s’mores at Ace Palm Springs. The Art of Exchange was a two day, two night artist retreat for kids and families with interactive workshops, activities, projects, Saturday movie night with popcorn, and the aforementioned s’mores (which we’re obviously feeling pretty casual about). Karen and friends — including Clare Crespo, who made the diorama in the lobby — guided art projects like potato prints, miniature gardens, macramé, dioramas, and knitting, with a focus on the reuse and repurposing of natural materials. Kids and parents also just did their own thing, hung out by the pool, and explored. Community activities included a poolside barbecue, Sunday brunch, and some communal dining with a special menu for families. See the full menu below…

We had a special package for the event that included all workshops, projects, and group activities, and a Kimmel Kids tote filled with goodies. You could also just visit daily without staying at the hotel.

Karen’s handmade trivets and Kimmel Kids totes and coloring books are also sold exclusively through the Community Shop at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.

We’re planning another Art of Exchange at Ace for the fall of 2010. Stay tuned!


Some great shots from the weekend below. You can also see more shots on our blog post about Art of Exchange.

BANG, BAM!

Sun prints in process.

Rock frog cuteness.

Looming.

Piñatas by Confetti System.

Dioramas.

Don’t be jealous, you can make one, too.

Cross-generation creation station.

Clare Crespo, who made the diorama in the lobby.

Very tiny crafter.

Kimmel Kids totes.

Miniature gardens and terrariums.

Menus:

Saturday Brunch $9 kids/$16 adults with kids

  • Assorted muffins with honey butter and jam
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Granola and yogurt
  • Cheerio’s
  • Hash browns
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Chilaquiles
  • Raw vegetable platter
  • Hummus, tabbouleh & pita chips
  • Tomato and bocconcini salad, red onions, olives, pesto
  • Simple green salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chips and salsas
  • Fish tacos
  • Grilled chicken salad
  • Watermelon slices
  • Lemonade & iced tea

Sunday Brunch $9 kids/$16 adults with kids

  • Danish and croissants with honey butter and jam
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Granola and yogurt
  • Cheerio’s
  • Roasted breakfast potatoes
  • Bacon and eggs
  • Roasted tomato & feta fritatta
  • Raw vegetable platter
  • Couscous salad with grapefruit and pistachios
  • Greek salad
  • Simple green salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette
  • Corn on the cob
  • Ceviche with chips
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Black bean, tomato & avocado salad
  • Watermelon slices
  • Lemonade & iced tea

Saturday Night BBQ - $12 kids/$22 adults with kids

  • Biscuits and cornbread
  • Macaroni salad
  • Potato salad
  • Cole slaw
  • Hamburgers
  • Veggie burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled salmon
  • Grilled Portobello mushrooms
  • Blackberry pie and strawberry shortcake


Photos courtesy of Karen Kimmel


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