The Historic Cary House Hotel, known as The Jewel of Placerville, has many beautiful features. But the ones that capture the most attention are The Four Seasons stained glass windows that were created by local artist, Wendy Wythe.
In 1979 the hotel was undergoing a big renovation and the owner at that time, Doug Milton, commissioned Wythe to create a visual display depicting the four seasons that would also include some local history of the area. Wythe worked with Milton on the images for the indoor, back-lit Tiffany styled windows. He wanted lots of color to accent the mahogany lobby in the hotel.
Windows of Color, Wythe’s newly-formed business at that time, became her passion. She enjoyed producing large scaled stained glass windows for residential and commercial projects while working with other craftsmen and artists in the process.
Soon Wythe opened a gallery on Main Street in Placerville where she incorporated the philosophy of feng shui, balancing color, harmony, energy and placement in her displays. Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English and it includes five elements: fire, metal, earth, water and wood.
Before long, Wythe was using her talents in the homes of her clients, friends and family. In 2005 she went back to college to study business and art. She has spent many years developing her natural artistic talent by studying and attending workshops, conferences and lectures.
Wythe is now a feng shui professional consultant and project manager. Her latest business endeavor, Wythe Designs, is a service business that offers on-site design expertise for residential, commercial and landscape projects. She plans to collaborate with other local artists to bring in all the elements of feng shui and balance the energy for her clients.
The Cary House Hotel will be hosting a reception for the artist during Third Saturday Art Walk, Nov. 16.
When asked why he chose to feature Wythe and her windows, hotel manager Lanny Hardy replied, “The windows have really become a major part of our branding for the hotel. We use them as our Facebook page cover and they’re included on our newsletters and most of our other promo materials and communications.”
His guests are always asking questions about the windows, how old are they and who made them, so he thought it would be great to have the artist answer some of those questions herself. He also wanted to do something that would give the local community an excuse to stop in and visit the hotel.
Wythe is looking forward to reception at the Cary House to reconnect with the community.
Wythe can be reached at 530-306-7000 and in January 2014, her Website wythedesigns.com will be completed.
Stop by the hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, from 6-8 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a piano player to entertain everyone on the 1874 Chickering Square Grand Piano.
For more information contact the hotel at 530-622-4271.