SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, the city of Salisbury, Chesapeake Utilities and Evolution Craft Brewing have announced the completion of Salisbury’s largest mural, titled “Sun & Suds” located at the EVO Public House in Salisbury.
The west-facing wall of the brewery and restaurant, which abuts Route 13 and TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, is now home to a 35-by-145 mural, the city’s newest public art installation.
Local artists Brandon and Deserea Martin, owners of We Are Limitless Studios, were selected from a pool of four artists to complete the mural.
Peter Mueller was brought on to digitally design the mural, which was then applied and painted by the Martins. The mural depicts items and themes central to both Evolution Craft Brewery and our region, including a crab, the city of Salisbury logo, the beach, a beer bottle and hops.
“(We completed the) literal biggest undertaking of our career all while dealing with some of our own momentous personal challenges,” Deserea Martin. “We will never forget this project and the opportunity bestowed upon us to bring about this creative energy to Salisbury.”
The mural was first proposed by Brent Miller, Executive Director of SVN Miller, to Mayor Jake Day in April 2021 after neighboring trees were removed during the construction of Chesapeake Utilities’ gas pipeline.
The city, Chesapeake Utilities and SVN Miller agreed on the project, and work began in early 2022.
"We are proud and honored to be a part of this mural project! Being in the commercial real estate business, it is always exciting seeing a building transform into something special for the community,” said Miller.
“When we saw the bare exterior wall after the installation of the new gas lines, we saw an opportunity,” he said. “In such a prominent location, the wall was a perfect canvas to add to the Salisbury art scene. I hope the design brings joy to the residents and visitors of Salisbury, and to the patients at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional.”
“I am proud to work with SVN Miller and Evolution Craft Brewing on this project, and excited to introduce a new mural to our city,” said Day. “Public art is not only something nice to look at, but it’s something that unites our community and fosters a sense of belonging.
“This mural and its prominent place along Route 13, in one of our city’s busiest areas, will allow thousands of people every day to interact with art in a way they may not usually,” Day said.
The yearlong project was spearheaded by Alyssa Shockley of SVN Miller and Jamie Heater, Executive Director of the Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District. Together, the two vetted potential artists for the mural, a process which took eight months.