In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond artist Ed Trask did what he does best—he used his brush to show his love for the community he has spent decades painting. The result was a 12×12 piece that he placed on Facebook and Instagram as an impromptu auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Richmond Restaurant United’s efforts to address the immense challenges facing the restaurant industry.
The success of the piece inspired him to quickly invite his friends and fellow artists to join him in an effort of solidarity that is now called “Artists for Hope.” Every Friday, an all-star list of Richmond artists (Hamilton Glass, Eli McMullen, Matt Lively, Steve Hedberg, Mickael Broth, and more) now post their work on their social media channels for the highest bidder. Each artist selects a nonprofit that is important to them as part of the Artists for Hope movement.
As Artists for Hope continues to grow others are joining in as well, including Richmond Grid as a media partner and Ellyn Parker, known for her contributions to public art and placemaking. Together, we’ve organized this helpful, open source list of participating artists, their charity of choice, and where to bid each week. Help us edit the list, add new artists, and find your favorites to bid on local art for a good cause.