If you want yoga, art and Champagne all in one place, The Franklin Hotel is the place to be. On Tuesday, the hotel will be hosting “The Art of Enjoyment” to display the work of local artist Sudie Rakusin and introduce the community to its new bar, Refuge.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Betsy Bertram will host an all-levels yoga class. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., there will be a celebration with Champagne and appetizers, as well as a chance to see Rakusin’s art.
The art is displayed in the large windows on Franklin Street and in the bar itself. There are paper-mâché poppies, tables, birds and other pieces, all featuring intricate patterns and beading. One painting has fiber optics in it that will light up at night.
Rakusin said her art is a reflection of her ideal world — non-hierarchical and with deep respect for the other.
All of Rakusin’s pieces will be for sale, as well as reproductions such as box sets of divination cards she created. Rakusin said it is important to her to share her art with people.
“I want them to be surrounded by these things that are life-giving and positive and beautiful and all-inclusive,” Rakusin said.
Jennifer Beranek Norris, sales director of The Franklin, said the collaboration came about because the hotel was trying to brainstorm a way to fill the windows on Franklin Street. Bertram, who has worked with the hotel in the past, suggested looking at Rakusin’s work.
“We decided it’d be a great way to feature a local artist and activate the street and just be able to have that community involvement and really feature someone who’s pretty deeply ingrained in the community,” Norris said.
Norris encouraged people to come to the event. She said it is a great opportunity to support the artistic community, as well as enjoy some sparkling wine and appetizers.