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The Bently Reserve’s new fall and winter SFMOMA collection combines fascinating textures, representational landscapes, and wintry palettes.
Heidi McDowell's crisp view of Mt. Whitney contrasts high desert scrub in the foreground with dark foothills and snowy peaks in the background. In End of Day, Donna McGinnis depicts a warm, softly lit fall afternoon along the Sacramento delta. Each of these images has a relationship to our companies in Nevada: both Bently Ranch and Bently Heritage reside in the Carson Valley, on the high plains just east of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Bently employees often make the drive through Sacramento and across the mountains when going between the Bay Area and the town of Minden — these paintings represent sights they might see on that drive.
Kim Miskowicz's Grassy takes texture and landscape to a literal conclusion. From a distance we see a misty mountain, trees, grass, and water; up close, we see that the canvas is actually layered with hundreds of scraps of paper that emulate the objects in the scene.
The Bently Reserve Conference Center received its new installation of art in April. This time we went in a direction inspired by spring and summer with representations of water and forests, a little whimsy, and some pure abstraction.
Wander through the woods, get lost in the patterns of the forest floor, invoke the smell of pine needles, and come back refreshed within Linda Galusha’s "Don’t Look Back, It is All Right in Front of You.” Or, take a take a cool dip in John Bucklin’s “Swimming Pool.”
In the Port and Euphemia boardrooms, Pat Doherty’s "Chocolate Cherry Cake" adds a bit of whimsy to the serious boardroom decor, and Irena Kononova’s “Amur" takes the room in a very abstract, yet color-compatible direction.
A wall at the end of our hall has been begging for some attention for a while, and now has it with Carrie-Ann Plank’s "Flow #9”. This lovely monotype print combines organic, soft, overlapping spheres on the bottom half with crisply detailed and multifaceted diagrams on top.
We continue to thoughtfully curate these spaces for you to enjoy, …
In honor of the US Dept. of Labor’s Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide reasonable break time and a private space for breastfeeding mothers, the Bently Reserve has created a Mother’s Room. The secure, tranquil room is ideal for breastfeeding moms who attend meetings at the Bently Reserve.We’re increasingly receiving requests from meeting planners for a private room for mothers who are breastfeeding, and we wanted to create a truly comfortable space for them,
said Jim Bruels, Director of Events and Sales.
The Mother’s Room is available for meeting attendees and includes amenities tailored for relaxation and convenience: wet bar, mini fridge, water and tea station, cozy chairs, magazines, and complimentary wifi.
Here's more information about the Mother's Room
The Bently Reserve Conference Center recently received a new set of works from the San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery. Since 2013 we’ve hosted the works of Bay Area artists in our boardrooms, adding new collections twice a year. Past genres have included collage, abstract photography, and modern art — this time the pieces are more traditional, focusing on oil paintings and landscapes.
In the Cordova boardroom you can experience Jeff Bellerose’s Front, a graphic division of space that features a view of San Francisco's Front Street.
The Niantic boardroom now hosts the atmospheric landscapes of Gage Opdenbrouw’s Daybreak #3 and Pacific #2.
On the opposite wall enjoy another perspective on Bay Area landmarks with Jeff Bellerose’s Bay Area Geometry, which captures a view from the old Bay Bridge. The old Bay Bridge is currently being disassembled in favor of the new span between Treasure Island and the East Bay.In the Port boardroom, Kevin Taylor’s The Beckoning features a quiet, contemplative gathering of statuesque figures on a snow-covered pedestal, surrounding the disembodied head of a bear. Some sort …
MeetingsNet highlighted our recent renovation, and included this photo of the beautifully restored ceiling in the Battery Street entry.
Meetings and Conventions listed our renovation and new meeting space in their roundup of meeting space debuts.
Continuing a partnership with the San Francisco MOMA, the events and design teams at the Bently Reserve have selected a new set of artwork and prints for the Conference Center.
The art isn’t just meant to accentuate rooms, but to offer visual relief and stimulation for people spending long hours in meetings. Some meeting rooms have very distinct decors, so the team choose pieces to serve as focal points; other rooms with neutral white wall space have pieces that were chosen to balance or play off one another.
The current set includes abstract photography, mixed media and traditional landscape painting. In the Niantic room the team chose two abstract photos by Carol Inez Charney that feature colorful, liquid streaks. They are countered on the opposite side of the room by a more monochromatic yet densely textured multi media piece by Miring Wonne. In the Euphemia and Port boardrooms, teams chose pieces that fit well into defined central spaces, creating a focal point and a departure from the wood paneled grids. These pieces will be in place until September 2015.
These paintings take into account the Bently Reserve’s core design approach …
Smart Meetings featured a story about our first floor renovation and the unveiling of the Adriatic Room.Planners seeking a sophisticated venue in San Francisco can bank on Bently Reserve. The building, which housed the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for 60 years, still retains much of its 1920s architectural charm.
In the April 2015 destination guide, Meetings and Conventions listed the Bently Reserve Conference Center as the venue for group events:Group Venue: The Bently Reserve Conference Center, which began its existence in 1924 as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, has nine meeting rooms that combine for more than 6,400 square feet of space, with high-tech offerings such as on-demand video capture, high-definition audio and digital videoconferencing services. The rooms currently feature rotating artwork on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For receptions, the center's 8,045-square-foot Banking Hall is currently under r can accommodate up to 650 guests. (415) 294-2226.