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'Sleep with the Artist' at the Hotel Palomar Chicago's New Mini Art Gallery

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March 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

Situated in the artsy River North 'hood, Hotel Palomar Chicago sits amid more than 100 galleries. In fact, River North has the highest concentration of galleries in the United States outside of New York. The Chicago hotel is taking a cue from its neighbors by having its own gallery.

Hotel Palomar its cheekily named "Sleeping with the Artist" series, which features work from Chicago artists. The hotel turned hallways throughout two floors into an exhibit, featuring 15 paintings from two Chicago artists, Justus Roe and Darrell Roberts.

Roe is the program coordinator for Chicago Public Schools Advanced Arts Education Program at Gallery 37, a nonprofit city arts organization. He specializes in abstract acrylic and marker works as well as murals. Roberts, who focuses on heavily textured oil paintings, is an Art Institute of Chicago alum whose works have been featured at the Hyde Park Art Center and at Art Chicago. Each artist will hold a discussion series during evening wine hour, and a reception inviting locals to check out the installation.

The art series is supposed to create some buzz around the city's art scene and how the hotel embodies it. You can take in the first installation through July 31. If you see a piece you like, you're in luck; they are all available for purchase.

[Photos: Hotel Palomar Chicago]

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