Quirk Mural Rooms, Behind The WHY
As home to one of Richmond’s most vibrant art galleries, we’ve always embraced our city’s creative community. We’re thrilled to strengthen that relationship through our new Make Space Guestrooms (Artist Rooms), eight revamped guest rooms featuring a mural painted by a local Richmond artist.with larger-than-life abstract details, each serves as a whimsical window into its artist’s unique style, imbuing your stay with the inspired energy coursing through our city. These new guestrooms not only spotlight Richmond’s established artists but support its next generation of talent. A percentage of sales from each booking will benefit Make Space, a program pairing sixth grade girls with female artists for a year of mentorship and art-making. Make Space is an initiative of The Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts), a community center that since 1963 has helped adults and children create art through classes, exhibitions, workshops and special events. For more information on these artists, please contact Quirk Gallery.
Quirk Mural Artist Rooms
Room 201 – Chris Milk
Room 301 - Sami Cronk
Room 302 - Matt Lively
Room 401 - Brooke Inman
Room 402 - Emily Herr
Room 501 - Elizabeth Graeber
Room 502 - Campfire & Co.
Room 602 – Zeh Palito
Sami Cronk - Sami Cronk is a mixed media artist based in Richmond, VA working primarily in drawing and object making. Her process focuses on the connection between illustration and 3D forms, color palettes, and mark making. Inspiration for her work comes from day-to-day moments, material studies, animals, children’s books, plants, shapes, and nostalgia. https://samicronk.com/Home
Matt Lively - "I am an artist living in Richmond, Virginia. I work in a 140 year old barn that is close to my family. A lot of things get made in the barn and some of it is shown nationally and internationally. When not in the studio, I do public projects and teach at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School." https://mattlively.com/home.html
Brooke Ann Inman - Brooke Inman moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2006 to attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She happily finds herself still living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Painting and Printmaking Department. She also teaches printmaking in the Richmond community at Studio Two Three. Specializing in Intaglio, Screen Print, Drawing, and Color, Brooke Inman received a BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. http://cargocollective.com/BrookeAnnInman/ABOUT-BROOKE-ANN-INMAN
Emily Herr - Emily Herr is painting murals that claim public visual space for inclusive, realistic, positive representation of womxn. "Womxn in ads and art are more often than not simplified into a single type of person representing 'women', or into something that's more object than human. I want to normalize and celebrate images of womxn in a broad spectrum of bodies and lifestyles. I also want to reduce the general female shame in simply taking up space." http://www.herrsuite.com/
Elizabeth Graeber - "I am an artist and illustrator in Washington DC drawing for books, magazines, shops and personal commissions. I work in watercolor and gouache paint on paper." Clients include: The Kitchn, Penguin Random House, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Shinola, Sweet Green, USPS, Alice + Olivia, Warby Parker, Whole Foods, Papyrus, Washington Post, Workman Books, and Quirk Hotel. https://www.elizabethgraeber.com/
Campfire & Co. - Campfire & Co. is a Richmond-based design and branding firm. Their design clients in Richmond include The Jasper, Bar Solita, High Point Barber Shop, and Carytown Cupcakes. "Campfire & Co. is a design studio with a love of adventure and a passion for collaboration. We believe in empowering our clients through compelling branding and purposeful design." https://campfireandco.com/
Zen Palito - website. Zéh Palito loves nature and wants to encourage human city-dwellers the world over to once again look at nature with a bit of wonder. His brightly colored murals feature animals, plants, people and abstract forms. He creates powerful messages that link us, as humanity, to our world around us and to all living beings that coexist among us. Aside from being beautiful pieces of public art that one could stop to look at on the way to perform the daily chores, His pieces possess a hint of narrative wisely provides enough to fill in the absent gaps, giving the observer something to take with them, a message or something to consider.
When thinking about potential artists for this project, Richmond-based artist, Chris Milk Hulburt shot to the top of our list pretty quickly. Having worked with Chris on a number of solo exhibitions over the course of the last decade, we knew he had the ability to effortlessly transform a space to make it feel warm, comfortable, familiar, and happy. Chris's contribution informed how the rest of the project could work and a lot of the artists that followed looked to Chris's room for inspiration. Central to Chris's work are themes of love and partnership, home, a sense of place, and an appreciation of all the simple things in one's life that make it truly beautiful and unmistakably magical.