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Historic hotel gets ‘JULU’ed: Savannah artist paints mural at Georgia’s the King and Prince resort
From Connect Savannah

The historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island is now home to a beautiful mural painted by a Savannah native. Juliana Lupacchino's work, which has left a brightly colored mark all over Savannah, quickly drew the eye of this luxury resort. “When we decided to launch the mural project, we knew we wanted to commission a local artist,” said Bart Johnson, general manager of the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. “Juliana’s work speaks for itself! We love her flair for color and patterns and knew her style would be the perfect accompaniment to our beach-front resort.”

The property features classic, Mediterranean architecture and tons of palm trees, creating the perfect spot for Lupacchino’s work to shine. Lupacchino’s mural is composed of pops of blues, yellows, pinks, oranges and reds that all come together to create a bright, abstract design. It also features shapes that resemble leaves and spaces of checkerboard pattern.

Lupacchino said the resort staff was extremely welcoming and made her feel right at home. 
“I mean I wish I could go back and paint more,” Lupacchino said. “Truly, so special. It says a lot when a historical property trusts you with adding a mural, and I hope the hotel and everyone there enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it.”

The King and Prince is a longstanding and cherished member of the Historic Hotels of America, having been inducted into the prestigious organization in 1996.  Established on St. Simon Island in 1935, the hotel was originally created as a vibrant holiday destination, booming with live enterntainment and wild dance parties. Today, much of that liveliness remains. Lupacchino herself remembers spending many summers at the resort. “I have so many cherished childhood memories from those grounds,” Lupacchino said. “Many kids stopped by with their parents to check out what I was doing, and I couldn’t help but think how it felt like just yesterday that I was that kid frolicking around.”

Read more about the history of The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort here.
Read more about Juliana Lupaccino's mural for the resort here.

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