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DALLAS (AP) – Hotel rooms are no longer just a place to shower, sleep or maybe indulge in a breakfast in bed. They’re now also spots to pick up souvenirs other than stolen towels.

For several years, hotels have invited local artists in to decorate hallways, lobbies and other public spaces. Now, they are taking that partnership one step further and turning bedrooms into mini-salesrooms.

The recently-opened Omni Dallas hotel features more than 6,500 original pieces of art from 150 local artists in guest rooms and public spaces. The art is one of the reasons the property doesn’t feel like every other hotel stayed in on past vacations. It also gives guests the option of taking a bit of Texas culture home with them.

Baltimore-area resident Sherry Quinn recently bought a painting, “Orange Moon over Lemmon Avenue,” while attending a security-related convention at the Dallas Omni. When Quinn spoke to the hotel gift shop staff she learned that the artist, Kelly Megert, actually worked there part-time. The next morning, she met Megert and spent $350 on the painting.

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