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Art in the Lobby: Lauri Kaye

Join us Saturday, October 7th from 6-8pm in welcoming Lauri Kaye and her artwork in the Hotel Congress Lobby!

Lauri Kaye

Lauri Marks Kaye has worked professionally as an artist since graduating from Parsons School of Design, New York City in 1992. She first landed a job as an assistant art director at Rolling Stone Magazine and eventually moved on to become art director at NSI Design NY, producing art and design projects for a variety of corporations and theme restaurants in Manhattan. 

Captivated by the beauty and history of the southwest, Kaye decided to make Tucson her home. After years of designing for restaurants, she decided to try on a few more hats and opened a restaurant of her own, Create Cafe & Catering Company, in the center of the old pueblo. For 13 years, Create Cafe served American fare with a creative twist and made the walls available for local artists to exhibit.

In 2014, Lauri began a new fine arts business, Create For The People, drawing commissioned and original portraits. She is wildly enthusiastic about ongoing series, “Tucson Portrait Stories,” which showcases the people, places, and events that make Tucson extraordinary. Subjects range from local iconic landmarks such as Gates Pass, El Tour De Tucson, Sonoran landscapes, Tohono O’ogham healer, cowboy street musician on 4th Avenue, the DeGrazia Chapel, three generations of Native American women and over 20 more. The hand drawings weave together textual information along with photography and digital color on a variety of materials.